2013 Top Five Game Changers; Wide Receivers
College Football Betting Trends – 2013 Top Five Game Changers; Wide Receivers
A solid crop of wide receivers finished up their college careers last season and are now poised to apply their skills in the NFL in 2013. Waiting patiently in the wings is a brand new crop of players that are just itching to leave their mark on the college football stats page through their performance on the field. The following is a look at my top five game changers at wide receiver heading into the 2013 season.
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee has been opened by 5Dimes at +1200 to win this year’s Heisman Trophy and there is some solid value in those odds if he can live up to expectations this season. As a sophomore, he finished second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,721 on 118 receptions. He averaged 14.6 yards a catch and caught 14 passes for touchdowns. He will not have Matt Barkley throwing him the ball this season, but that should not prevent the 6-foot-1, 195 pounder from making his presence felt on the field with his ability to make the tough catches when needed the most.
Another wide receiver with big play capabilities is Arizona junior Austin Hill. He caught 81 passes in 2013 while racking-up 1,364 yards which works out to be 16.8 yards per catch. He also found the end zone 11 times last season. This is another big target at 6-foot-3, 211 lbs. that knows how to make a catch in traffic as well as break away from defenders to get open down field. Paired with running back Ka’Deem Carey running the ball, the Wildcat will have two of the most electrifying players in college football on the field at the same time.
The third player on my list is Davante Adams from Fresno State. He quickly burst onto the scene last season as a freshman with 102 catches for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns. Much like the first two receivers above, Adams is a big target at 6-foot-2, 200 lbs. that can go vertical to come down with the ball. He averaged 12.9 yards a reception in his first year with the Bulldogs and should play an even bigger role in 2013 with running back Robbie Rouse out of the picture. Rouse anchored Fresno State’s running game for the last four seasons, but look for this team to rely more and more on the pass to move the ball down field.
If you are looking for big play capabilities, then keep an eye on New Mexico State’s Austin Franklin. He finished his sophomore season with 1,245 receiving yards, which was ranked 13th most in the nation, but with 74 receptions he posted the third-highest yards-per-catch total at 16.8 for any wide receiver with at least 70 receptions on the year. He is another big target down field at 6-foot-2, 180 lbs. and has the solid speed to go along with great hands. On a team that averaged less than 100 yards rushing a game, he should have ample opportunities to increase all of his numbers from last season especially touchdowns after posting just nine catches for scores.
The final game changer at wide receiver for 2013 season is Cody Hoffman from BYU. He contemplated leaving school early for the NFL, but decided to return for his senior season. This guy may not be as flashy as some of the other players on the list, but as a pure possession receiver he remains one of the best. As a junior he pulled-down 100 receptions for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. His total receptions have increased dramatically since catching 42 balls as a freshman and 61 his sophomore year. BYU is another team not necessarily known for a strong running game, which should shift the focus on Hoffman even more this season.
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