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
157 69
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

2
104 53
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

3
110 58
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

4
112 60
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

5
106 61
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Crabtree Wide receiver

6
76 41
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

7
81 45
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

8
77 47
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Peter Warrick Return specialist, Wide receiver

9
70 44
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

10
54 38
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

11
41 29
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Largent Wide receiver

12
51 40
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Percy Harvin Wide receiver

13
43 37
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lynn Swann Wide receiver

14
39 33
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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15
45 40
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

16
29 25
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Bob Hayes Wide receiver

17
30 27
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

18
36 34
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

19
38 37
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

20
32 31
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Steve Smith Wide receiver

21
27 26
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DeSean Jackson Wide receiver

The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 2010s

22
22 21
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
26 26
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

24
23 23
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

25
21 21
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DerekBurton added Jordy Nelson Wide receiver

26
32 34
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

27
36 39
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Ryan Broyles Wide receiver

28
25 29
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Lance Alworth Wide receiver

The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 1970s

29
17 22
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Robert Meachem Wide receiver

30
17 22
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jordan Matthews Wide receiver

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

32
17 23
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Sidney Rice Wide receiver

33
20 27
Rashaun Woods is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Rashaun Woods Wide receiver

34
19 26
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

35
18 25
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Dwayne Jarrett Wide receiver

36
19 30
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

37
11 20
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver

38
12 22
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Troy Edwards Wide receiver

39
9 18
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
James Hardy Wide receiver

40
16 28
Howard Twilley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Howard Twilley Wide receiver

41
9 19
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
slaft added Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

42
11 22
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Adarius Bowman Wide receiver

43
10 21
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver