- David Ubben, College Football
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We gave you a few options on the Big 12's leading rusher and passer last week, and today, we'll leave it up to you to tab the Big 12's leading receiver in 2013. You can still vote for the field, and make sure to email me to make a case for your selection. We'll run the best here when I make my pick and review the results of the poll.
Here are the nominees:
Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State: Stewart is the Big 12's leading returning receiver in an offense that loves to sling it around. Stewart racked up 101 catches, 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns despite the Cowboys starting three different quarterbacks for about a third of the season each. It was a big breakout season for Stewart, who had just 19 grabs for 291 yards as a freshman in 2011.
Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor: Reese is the Big 12's best vertical threat and is the league's leading returner on catches longer than 40 yards. He had eight of those last season and with big-armed Bryce Petty stepping into a starting role this season, he'll have plenty more chances to catch passes over the tops of defenses all season long.
Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech: Ward has been really consistent for the Red Raiders, catching at least 80 balls in the past two seasons and logging his first 1,000-yard season and the first at Texas Tech since 2008. He uses his body well in tight coverage and caught 12 touchdowns last season.
Mike Davis, WR, Texas: Davis caught seven balls longer than 40 yards last season and was the biggest beneficiary of David Ash's maturation last season. His 939 yards on just 57 catches were a strong answer to a disappointing sophomore campaign after a big freshman debut, but could be poised for a fantastic senior season in a balanced Texas offense.
The field: Lots of good selections here. Jalen Saunders at Oklahoma has to top this list after a huge finish to 2012. What about Jaxon Shipley at Texas or Brandon Carter at TCU? Both have the potential for big seasons, and Baylor's deep receiving corps could have a breakout candidate in Jay Lee, too. Could Tyler Lockett put up big numbers in a run-heavy K-State scheme? Do you believe in Justin McCay at Kansas? What about Tracy Moore at Oklahoma State? West Virginia had the two best receivers in the Big 12 last season? Could guys like Kevin White or Jordan Thompson emerge in an inexperienced offense this season?
Cast your votes, and if you vote for the field, let me hear your case.
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