While the Big Ten doesn’t boast a laundry list of all-world wide receivers, it’s not like it is void of talent at the position. Guys such as Allen Robinson, Kenny Bell and Jared Abbrederis steal most of the headlines, but there’s also plenty of other productive guys. Who will lead the Big Ten in receiving yards this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.
2012 leader: Allen Robinson, Penn State – 1,013
2013 returning leader: Allen Robinson, Penn State – 1,013
Tom: Shane Wynn, Indiana – No doubt, Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Nebraska’s Kenny Bell would be good choices. But I am going with someone from Indiana, which figures to throw the ball again, and again, and again in 2013. But, who? There are three good choices. Cody Latimer caught 51 passes for 805 yards last season; Shane Wynn grabbed 68 for 660; Kofi Hughes nabbed 43 for 639. Oh, and Ted Bolser is a heck of a tight end. But I am going with the diminutive (5-7) Wynn, who hails from the same high school (Glenville in Cleveland) as Ted Ginn, Jr. Wynn is a slithering playmaker who can get in and out of his cuts, seemingly finding open creases and lanes. He will benefit from playing on a standout receiving corps, meaning Wynn doesn’t figure to face many double-teams.
Dark horse: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
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Brent: Kenny Bell, Nebraska – Give Allen Robinson another year of catching passes from Matt McGloin, and the 2012 Big Ten receiving yards leader would be the clear-cut choice here. Yes, Robinson will compile big numbers regardless of his quarterback, but Bell is the safer choice. He’s a big-play threat who has Taylor Martinez, the Big Ten’s returning passing yards leader, looking his way. In Bell’s first two seasons, he is averaging 16.1 yards per reception, including a silly 17.3 this past year. Why do I mention those numbers? Because, even if Nebraska’s deep collection of weapons affects Bell’s reception total, the big-play junior is certain to make the most of his opportunities. Just as he did last season, when he turned 50 receptions into 863 yards, second only to Robinson.
Dark horse: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State
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