Now we are ready to take a look at the top Wide Receivers in the ACC this season. I don’t think there’s any doubt who’s going to top the list that being one Mr. Sammy Watkins of Clemson. Who else makes the list?
1) Sammy Watkins, Clemson
When I think of the most physically gifted Wide Receivers in the ACC over the last decade only Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson is in the same category as Watkins. As a freshman Watkins had over 1,200 yards receiving and 12 TDs.
He was a fixture on ESPN’s Sportscenter as Clemson raced to an 8-0 start for his highlight producing catches. We are still waiting on whether Sammy Watkins will be suspended and for how long by Dabo Swinney for an arrest earlier this year. This will play a role on whether Watkins can make a run at the Heisman Trophy or not.
2) DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
This really isn’t fair. If Watkins doesn’t get you, his teammate DeAndre Hopkins will. The pair form one the country’s most dangerous Wide Receiver tandems. Last season Hopkins had 72 receptions for 978 yards, and he also had an outstanding spring.
Dabo Swinney called Hopkins the Tiger’s spring MVP.
3) Conner Vernon, Duke
Who’s been the ACC’s most productive receiver since 2009? It’s been Duke’s Conner Vernon. Vernon has 198 catches for 2,675 since 09, and looks to add plenty to those totals this year.
Several Duke and ACC receiving marks are within reach for Vernon who runs good routes and is faster than you would think.
4) Rashad Greene, Florida State
Sammy Watkins was a star as Freshman at Clemson, Florida State had a breakout freshman too. Rashad Green had 38 Receptions for 596 yds and 7 TDs. He did this despite missing 4 games which probably would have put him in the 50-60 catch and 800-900 yard range.
With legit 4.4 speed you can expect the Noles to try and Greene the ball even more in 2012.
5) Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Chris Givens may have been the more publicized WR at Wake Forest last season, but Michael Campanaro is ready to step in and be the Deacs number one guy. In 2011 he had 73 catches for 833 yards.
As a rising junior there are those who think Campanaro can leave Wake Forest as a better pro prospect than Givens who was a 4th round NFL draft choice.