SEC Football: Ranking the Top Ten SEC Wide Receivers for 2015

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Sep 27, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver D’haquille Williams (1) celebrates a touchdown during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Southeastern Conference is loaded with talent at the receiver position, but who are the top ten SEC wide receivers for 2015?

The Southeastern Conference has a longstanding reputation for its teams relying primarily on defense and running the football – and for good reason. However, because of the changes in the college football landscape over the years, specifically with the emergence of bubble screens and run/pass options, the wide receiver position has become more valuable than ever. Understandably, that means the SEC has collected some of the best receivers in the nation.

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Last season, Alabama wideout Amari Cooper recorded an SEC-record 124 receptions for an eye-popping 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which set single-season school records for the Crimson Tide and made Cooper a Heisman Trophy finalist and a first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cooper was a five-star recruit and entered the season as a projected first round pick, so the world knew he had talent, but the massive production was still surprising and it signified another step in the shift towards more diverse offensive attacks in the SEC.  

Of course, Cooper wasn’t the only impressive wide receiver in 2014. Missouri’s Bud Sasser caught 77 passes for 1,003 yards and 12 TDs, which ranked third and second in the conference, respectively. South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper had 1,136 receiving yards, and Josh Reynolds set a Texas A&M school record with 13 TD grabs. Overall, 14 different wideouts averaged more than 50 receiving yards per game, and seven of them return – including Pharoh Cooper and Reynolds.

Now that Amari Cooper is a member of the Oakland Raiders, will Pharoh Cooper or Reynolds top the list of SEC wide receivers? We rank the top ten wideouts in the conference.

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