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
218 93
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
166 77
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

3
162 80
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

4
153 81
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

5
114 58
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

6
142 81
Michael Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

7
105 57
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

8
99 57
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
79 50
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
76 50
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

11
96 71
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
73 54
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

13
59 41
Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

14
61 50
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

15
59 49
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

16
56 47
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

17
42 34
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
DerekBurton added Wide receiver

18
51 48
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

19
45 42
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

20
44 41
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

21
36 34
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
coolclay79 added Wide receiver

22
39 38
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

23
38 37
Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

24
43 43
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

25
37 40
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

26
42 51
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

27
32 39
Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

28
24 29
Jordan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

29
27 33
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

30
3 4
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
drewmorton25 added Wide receiver -

 

 

31
31 41
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

32
29 39
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

33
24 34
Dwayne Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

34
24 34
Sidney Rice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

35
4 8
Dave Parks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Mac Pilkinton added Wide receiver

36
26 38
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

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

38
17 32
Troy Edwards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

39
21 38
Howard Twilley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

40
15 31
Trevor Insley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Trevor Insley Wide receiver

41
17 34
Robert Meachem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

42
12 29
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

43
13 31
Jarett Dillard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Jarett Dillard Wide receiver

44
11 29
James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver

45
12 33
Adarius Bowman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time
Wide receiver