Football The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by

1
228 95
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
178 79
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

3
172 80
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

4
163 82
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

5
119 60
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

6
148 83
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

7
108 60
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

8
106 61
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

9
85 53
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
83 53
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

11
104 74
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
81 55
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

13
62 45
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

14
65 51
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

15
65 54
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

16
59 49
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

17
45 38
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DerekBurton added Wide receiver

18
49 43
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

19
49 44
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

20
42 39
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

21
41 38
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

22
53 52
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

23
47 46
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

24
38 37
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
coolclay79 added Wide receiver

25
39 42
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

26
30 34
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

27
2 1
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
blake_shafer added

28
43 53
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

29
33 41
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

30
25 31
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

31
32 40
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

32
6 7
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
drewmorton25 added Wide receiver -

 

 

33
29 38
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

34
26 35
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

35
32 43
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

36
5 10
Dave Parks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mac Pilkinton added Wide receiver

37
24 37
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

38
24 39
Rashaun Woods is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

39
18 34
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

40
21 40
Howard Twilley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

41
18 36
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

42
15 33
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver

43
13 31
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

44
12 30
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

45
13 33
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver

46
12 34
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver