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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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115 38
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
67 32
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

3
74 39
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

4
75 40
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

5
76 43
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Crabtree Wide receiver

6
53 28
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

7
49 25
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

8
45 26
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
48 32
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Peter Warrick Return specialist, Wide receiver

10
37 25
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

11
32 24
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lynn Swann Wide receiver

12
23 15
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Largent Wide receiver

13
31 24
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

14
21 14
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
32 27
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Percy Harvin Wide receiver

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19 14
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Bob Hayes Wide receiver

17
19 17
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Smith Wide receiver

18
22 22
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

19
22 22
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

20
18 18
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lance Alworth Wide receiver

21
25 26
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

22
11 11
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
coolclay79 added Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

23
16 17
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DeSean Jackson Wide receiver

24
22 24
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

25
10 12
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jordan Matthews Wide receiver

26
10 12
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Robert Meachem Wide receiver

27
25 30
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Ryan Broyles Wide receiver

28
12 15
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

29
13 17
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

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11 15
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

31
14 19
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

32
12 17
Rashaun Woods is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Rashaun Woods Wide receiver

33
8 13
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
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34
15 22
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

35
11 17
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Dwayne Jarrett Wide receiver

36
5 10
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
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37
8 14
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Sidney Rice Wide receiver

38
11 19
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 13
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Troy Edwards Wide receiver

40
4 11
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
James Hardy Wide receiver

41
6 14
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Adarius Bowman Wide receiver

42
5 14
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver

43
5 14
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver