A look at SEC's top receivers
Published: Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
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The Biletnikoff Award, handed to the nation's top college football receiver, released its annual preseason watch list earlier this week.
Of the 75 players on the watch list, 11 are from the Southeastern Conference. Here's a look at the 11 receivers and their potential impact in the league
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina — Any time you play in a Steve Spurrier offense, you are going to get plenty of touches. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Jeffery is a big target. Jeffery set single-season school records in receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,517) last season.
Greg Childs, Arkansas — Childs missed five games with a knee injury last season, but still finished with 659 yards and six touchdowns. Hog fans are hoping the patella injury won't impact his performance this season.
Jarius Wright, Arkansas — A speedy complement to Childs, Wright finished last season with 788 yards receiving and 5 TDs. Like Childs, Wright benefits from playing in Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's wide-open offense.
Joe Adams, Arkansas — Yes, another Arkansas receiver. Adams emerged when Childs went down with a knee injury last season. Adams ended 2010 with a team-high 813 yards receiving and six TD catches.
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas — The fourth and final Arkansas receiver on the Biletnikoff list, Hamilton wound up with 630 yards receiving and 6 TDs last season. Hamilton is another speedy big target (6-foot-3) with exceptional hands.
Rueben Randle, LSU — Randle led the Tigers with 525 receiving yards and three TDs last season. His breakout game came against Alabama, when he had three catches for 125 yards, including a 75-yard catch and run TD from quarterback Jordan Jefferson.
Tavarres King, Georgia — With the departure of A.J. Green, King should get a chance to step up as Georgia's top receiving target. King finished last season with 504 yards receiving and 3 TDs.
Emory Blake, Auburn — Blake had a team-high 8 TD catches last season, while finishing third in receptions (33) and receiving yards (554). It will be interesting to see if Blake can surpass those numbers this season without quarterback Cam Newton, who left school early for the NFL draft.
Darius Hanks, Alabama — A small but speedy receiver (6-0, 185 pounds), Hanks had 456 yards receiving and 3 TDs last season.
Marquis Maze, Alabama — Maze had 557 yards and 3 TDs last season. Another small (5-10, 180 pounds) but speedy target, Maze is a versatile player who returns punts and is capable of carrying the ball out of the backfield.
Duron Carter, Alabama — The jury is still out on Carter, a JUCO transfer who played last season at Coffeyville (Kan) Community College. But someone has to step up to replace Julio Jones, who left Alabama as an underclassman last season to declare for the NFL draft. Carter, the son of NFL Hall of Fame candidate receiver Cris Carter, lacks breakaway speed. But at 6-foot-3, Carter is an outstanding route-runner with excellent football instincts.
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