- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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On Monday we showed you KC Joyner's take on the Top 10 rushing offenses in the country. There seemed to be some dispute among the masses (surprise, surprise) that USC was ahead of Oregon. No disrespect to my Insider brethren -- but I was on board with the masses on this one. But then again, with Silas Redd officially making the switch to USC... well... hmmm...
Either way, USC belongs in the top five considering who they have back on the line -- and the simple fact that if Curtis McNeal or Redd face a single eight-man front all season I'll be shocked.
But we're here to talk wide receivers, and Insider Travis Haney posted his Top 10 receiving corps for the 2012 -- and it's hard to argue with USC as the No. 1 overall team. Washington State, deservedly, checks in as the No. 9 unit.
You can check out all 10 teams in Haney's article here.
Woods and Lee. Lee and Woods. Clearly, USC has the top two wide receivers in the country in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. They also have the Heisman favorite throwing to them and an offensive line that can protect Matt Barkley. After those two -- it's still a solid group with George Farmer and De'Von Flournoy waiting in the wings. A lot of Pac-12 teams wouldn't mind having those two as their starters. Haney -- rightfully so -- also considers the tight end in the receiving corps and the pair of Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer will rival Stanford's outstanding duo of Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo for best TE combo in the conference. There is no debate here -- USC is tops.
Nice to see the Cougars land on a preseason list that doesn't involve hot seats or bowl droughts. The hiring of Mike Leach gives the Washington State offense instant credibility and with strong-armed quarterback Jeff Tuel throwing to bona fide playmaker Marquess Wilson, the Cougars are going to put up sizzling numbers. Haney mentions Dominique Williams and Kristoff Williams in the Insider article, but a guy I'm excited to see in action is converted tight end Andrei Lintz. If you followed spring ball (I'm guessing most WSU fans did) it was clear that Tuel and Lintz had made a connection. Lintz only has eight career catches, but reports are he's going to be Tuel's guy over the middle. He's a big target at 6-5, 250 and could create plenty of mismatches with safeties and linebackers.
On Monday we showed you KC Joyner's take on the Top 10 rushing offenses in the country. There seemed to be some dispute among the masses (surprise, surprise) that USC was ahead of Oregon.