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List Rules Football players at the wide receiver position who had epic college careers

American College football, like all football originated as rugby in England and Canada, eventually rugby came stateside, then eventually became the game we know and love today. Years later the NCAA was formed to regulate college teams. The wide receivers on this list were the best of the best in NCAA football during their college careers.

The NCAA allows students from American universities, colleges, Canadian universities, or military academies to play. American college football has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, but it was actually through college football that the American football rules gained popularity in the first place.

The wide receivers are key players in almost all passing plays. Their prime directive is to catch passes from the quarterback and as such they are usually the fastest, most agile players in the game.

Below, we commemorate the greatest college wide receivers of ALL TIME! If you see a name missing feel free to add it and vote up your favorite wide receivers who had truly incredible college careers.
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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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2
+ - 61 29
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

3
+ - 70 38
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

4
+ - 68 37
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

5
+ - 47 22
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

6
+ - 69 41
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Crabtree Wide receiver

7
+ - 49 26
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

8
+ - 41 23
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

9
+ - 36 21
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

10
+ - 44 31
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Peter Warrick Return specialist, Wide receiver

11
+ - 30 21
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

12
+ - 30 23
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lynn Swann Wide receiver

13
+ - 21 14
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Largent Wide receiver

14
+ - 20 13
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

15
+ - 19 13
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Bob Hayes Wide receiver

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16
+ - 30 26
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Percy Harvin Wide receiver

17
+ - 11 9
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

18
+ - 17 17
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Smith Wide receiver

19
+ - 24 25
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

20
+ - 20 21
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

21
+ - 15 16
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DeSean Jackson Wide receiver

22
+ - 19 21
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

23
+ - 10 11
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jordan Matthews Wide receiver

24
+ - 10 11
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Robert Meachem Wide receiver

25
+ - 15 17
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lance Alworth Wide receiver

26
+ - 25 29
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Ryan Broyles Wide receiver

27
+ - 19 23
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

28
+ - 11 14
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

29
+ - 11 14
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

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30
+ - 14 18
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

31
+ - 8 12
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jordy Nelson Wide receiver

32
+ - 11 16
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

33
+ - 11 16
Rashaun Woods is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Rashaun Woods Wide receiver

34
+ - 5 9
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

35
+ - 8 13
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Sidney Rice Wide receiver

36
+ - 14 21
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

37
+ - 10 16
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Dwayne Jarrett Wide receiver

38
+ - 11 18
Howard Twilley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Howard Twilley Wide receiver

39
+ - 6 12
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Troy Edwards Wide receiver

40
+ - 6 13
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Adarius Bowman Wide receiver

41
+ - 5 13
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver

42
+ - 3 11
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
James Hardy Wide receiver

43
+ - 4 13
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver