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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
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
2
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
3
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
4
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
5
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
6
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
7
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
8
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
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
10
AJ Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jules Cook added AJ Green Wide Receiver
11
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
12
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
msmarrow added Wide receiver
13
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
14
Laquon Treadwell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jules Cook added Ole Miss Rebels, Minnesota Vikings
15
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jules Cook added Wide Receiver
16
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
17
Ken Kavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
fregegonnafrege added End
18
Bucky Curtis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
fregegonnafrege added Bucky Curtis
19
Jarvis Landry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jules Cook added Wide receiver
20
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
drewmorton25 added Ted Ginn, Jr. Wide receiver

 

 

21
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Center
22
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver
23
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Tavon Austin
24
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jules Cook added Wide receiver
25
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver