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
240 97
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
187 82
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

3
181 82
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

4
171 85
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

5
158 84
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

6
123 63
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

7
113 61
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

8
112 63
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
91 56
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
110 75
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

11
86 56
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

12
84 57
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

13
69 46
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

14
71 55
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

15
68 53
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

16
62 51
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

17
54 44
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

18
54 45
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

19
49 41
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DerekBurton added Wide receiver

20
56 53
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

21
45 41
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

22
43 40
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

23
41 38
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
coolclay79 added Wide receiver

24
49 48
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

25
7 1
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
blake_shafer added

26
42 42
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

27
31 36
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

28
8 8
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
drewmorton25 added Wide receiver -

 

 

29
45 54
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

30
35 42
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

31
31 39
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

32
8 10
Dave Parks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mac Pilkinton added Wide receiver

33
26 33
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

34
33 42
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

35
28 36
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

36
34 44
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

37
27 37
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

38
27 39
Rashaun Woods is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

39
20 35
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

40
23 41
Howard Twilley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

41
19 38
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

42
14 31
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

43
16 35
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver

44
14 33
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

45
14 35
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver

46
13 36
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver