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Friday, August 1, 2008
Crabtree tops strong group of Big 12 receivers

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

 
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 Jeremy Maclin racked up 2,776 all-purpose yards as a freshman.

With all of the expected offense in the Big 12 this season, receivers are poised to rack up some big numbers. The conference is stacked at the top as has some underrated receivers who are poised to emerge as they become the featured catchers for their teams. Here's a look at who I think are the 10 best in the conference.

1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech -- What can he do for an encore after the most productive receiving season in college football history?

2. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri -- What can he do for an encore after the most productive all-purpose season in college football history?

3. Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma -- Unheralded recruit who should blossom into the Sooners' big-play threat with Malcolm Kelly's departure.

4. Dexton Fields, Kansas -- Produced 63 catches last season and will emerge as Todd Reesing's top deep threat with the departure of Marcus Henry.

5. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas -- Rangy catcher will be Reesing's primary target for tough catches in traffic -- again.

6. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State -- Averaged six catches and produced two 100-yard receiving efforts in his final four games in 2007. With the departure of Adarius Bowman, should slide easily into Cowboys' featured receiving role.

7. Quan Cosby, Texas -- His team needs a breakaway receiving threat and this former minor-league baseball player has the speed to fill that role.

8. Deon Murphy, Kansas State -- Ron Prince likes to say that Murphy had better numbers than Jordy Nelson in his junior season. Let's see if Murphy can similarly blossom in his senior season.

9. Detron Lewis, Texas Tech -- He tore up defenders in spring practice and could emerge in Danny Amendola's role as the second receiver in Tech's offense. Mike Leach would be satisfied if Lewis came close to Amendola's 109 catches and 1,245 yards in 2007.

10. Josh Smith, Colorado -- Injured last season as a freshman, but could be ready to erupt as Colorado's deep-play threat. It will be interesting to see what the presence of his nephew, heralded TB recruit Darrell Scott, inspires Smith to do.