247Sports’ Riley Gates put together a fun list of the Top 30 wide receivers of the century and on that list were 12 Big 12 wide receivers. That’s no shocker as the Big 12 spent much of the last decade and a half with some of the best receivers in America, especially during the peak of the Air Raid mentally that started in the Big 12 over 10 years ago.
The names from the Big 12 included Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree at No. 2, right behind Alabama’s Devonta Smith. Then it was Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon in the No. 4 spot.
Then there’s a drop off to Baylor’s Corey Coleman at No. 16 followed by No. 17 Dez Bryant and then OU’s CeeDee Lamb at No. 18. Another Oklahoma State Cowboys star rounded out the Top 20 with James Washington. At No. 22 was former Sooner Dede Westbrook and right behind him was another OU star in Ryan Broyles. Coming in at No. 24 was Texas’ Roy Williams.
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (even though he played in the Big East) was at No. 27 and then Oklahoma State’s Rashaun Woods came in at No. 29.
On Michael Crabtree, Gates writes, “Crabtree played just two seasons for the Red Raiders but they were two of the best by any player in school history, no doubt. He nearly hit 2,000 receiving yards as a freshman, catching 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. Crabtree then had 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns in his second year before entering the NFL Draft.”
Oklahoma State led the way with four players selected, while the Sooners had three. The wild card reminder for me was Baylor WR Corey Coleman. Hell the guy won the Biletnikoff Award in 2015 and I just forgot how darn productive he was under the Art Briles system.
There’s not much to quibble on with this list from Gates and the Big 12 Conference certainly got lots of love, so no argument there. Once again, you can see the whole list from 247Sports here.
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