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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: It is Time for a UK Wide Receiver to Have a Big Season

If there is one unit that over the course of the 6-year Mark Stoops tenure that has consistently been average to below average every year it is the wide receivers.  That doesn’t mean there haven’t been quality wide outs during his tenure, like Juice Johnson, Jeff Badet, and Lynn Bowden.  But a mixture of not having great passing QB’s, drop issues, and the rise of the running game over the last seasons, have resulted is very mediocre stats in the passing game.

Just take a look at this group of stats.  These are each of the 14 teams in the SEC and their best seasons since 2013 by a single player in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches.

Alabama: 115, Amari Cooper (2014)
Vanderbilt: 107, Jordan Matthews (2013)
Ole Miss: 85, AJ Brown (2018)
Auburn: 84, Ryan Davis (2017)
Mississippi St: 81, Fred Ross (2015)
LSU: 75, Jarvis Landry (2013)
Texas A&M: 77, Christian Kirk (2016)
Missouri: 70, Bud Sasser (2014)
South Carolina: 66, Pharoh Cooper (2015)
Kentucky: 66, Lynn Bowden (2018)
Arkansas: 55, Drew Morgan (2015)
Georgia: 53, Malcolm Mitchell (2015)
Tennessee: 52, Alton Howard (2014)
Florida: 47, Antonio Calloway (2016)

Receiving Yards
Alabama: 1656, Amari Cooper (2014)
Vanderbilt: 1334, Jordan Matthews (2013)
Texas A&M: 1322, Mike Evans (2013)
Ole Miss: 1320, AJ Brown (2018)
LSU: 1172, Jarvis Landry (2013)
Missouri: 1082, J’Mon Moore (2017)
South Carolina: 973, Pharoh Cooper (2015)
Mississippi St: 933, Fred Ross (2015)
Tennessee: 852, Josh Malone (2016)
Auburn: 841, Sammie Coates (2013)
Florida: 774, Demarcus Robinson (2014)
Arkansas: 751, Drew Morgan (2015)
Georgia: 751, Malcolm Mitchell (2015)
Kentucky: 694, Juice Johnson (2015)

Receiving TD’s
Alabama: 14, Amari Cooper (2014)
Mississippi St: 12, Fred Ross (2016)
Missouri: 12, Dorial Green-Beckham (2013)
Texas A&M: 12, Josh Reynolds (2014), Mike Evans (2013)
Ole Miss: 11, AJ Brown (2017)
South Carolina: 11, Debo Samuel (2018)
Arkansas: 10, Drew Morgan (2015)
LSU: 10, Jarvis Landry (2013)
Tennessee: 10, Josh Malone (2015)
Georgia: 9, Riley Ridley (2018)
Vanderbilt: 9, Kalijia Lipscomb (2018)
Auburn: 7, Sammie Coates (2013)
Florida: 7, Demarcus Robinson (2014)
Kentucky: 5, Lynn Bowden (2018), Juice Johnson (2016), Javess Blue (2014)

Folks, we are long overdue for an AWESOME receiving season.  Lynn Bowden is poised to have that kind of season.  He is almost certainly going to get the ball in his hands as much as possible in 2019.  I would be very surprised if we don’t see a 75 catch season from Bowden.  Now, will that translate to big yards and TD’s?  It doesn’t always work that way.  But I think Bowden is the first true “playmaker” at the WR position in the Stoops era.  And in Year 7, it is time for a great performance from that group.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: It is Time for a UK Wide Receiver to Have a Big Season

  1. Bigblueswami
    11:42 am July 8, 2019 Permalink

    I’m guessing if there was a stat that tracked “big plays called back for penalty” he would be near the top as well

  2. WKY Cat
    12:16 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    Gotta be able to take the top off the defensive to open up Bowden. Haven’t had that guy in the past.

  3. Larkin123
    1:33 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    At times the passing last year was not great. Bowden is way underrated because of it.

  4. Big Sexy
    4:48 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    I think it’s more of a QB issue.

  5. Dowser
    5:41 pm July 8, 2019 Permalink

    If he remains healthy he should be in the 90’s…. c’mon!