Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving yards leader?

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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huskerfanbb on 6/10/2013 @ 11:54am EDT Said:

I like the choice of Bell–and his average per catch will keep him in the hunt. It remains to be seen, however, how many balls he actually gets. Nebraska’s receiving corps is deep and talented. There may just not be enough footballs to go around. They will also have a potent rushing attack, so that will keep the passing yards per game from getting into too lofty of territory.
Robinson is another good choice, and he’ll catch some balls. Not a big play guy, so his average will be fairly pededtrian. I’d feel better about him if he had an experienced quarterback.
Abredaris from Wisconsin would be my pick. Their running game will keep their passing totals down, but with at least SOME experience under their collective belts, their quarterbacks figure to be better passers, and it’s not like Wisconsin is loaded with weapons in their receiving corps.
My dark horse would be a receiver from Michigan, especially if their running game can’t get it going any better than last year (aside from Robinson).

Ron on 6/10/2013 @ 12:41pm EDT Said:

Cody Latimer Indiana

bob jones on 6/10/2013 @ 1:02pm EDT Said:

I think Kenny Bell is coming up on an all conference or maybe even an all-American type of season, but Husker fans have seen enough of Jared Abbrederis to know he too is exceptional. Any way you look at it, the BIG is absolutely loaded with excellent skill position players, there is no shortage of great runners, receivers or quarterbacks, it should be another wild and enjoyable season. Go Big Red and Go BIG.

NaerdoLoer23 on 6/10/2013 @ 1:26pm EDT Said:

With IU’s QB situation more stable this year than last year, Kofi Hughes will benefit and will have a solid year.

JPIII on 6/10/2013 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

Anyone else notice the ref running into the kickers net on the sidelines??

huskerfanbb on 6/10/2013 @ 2:29pm EDT Said:

@bob jones

No question Bell will be an all-conference receiver. He’ll have 15 TDs, 60 catches, 1,000 yards, and a gaudy 16+ ypc average. I think, however, that it will take more yards than that to get the crown this year, and Nebraska is going to throw a LOT to the likes of Turner, Enunwa, Moore, Westerkamp, Long, Abdullah, Wuellenwaber, and….well, you get the idea. I think one guy gobbling up the lion’s share of Nebraska’s passing yards probably will not happen.

William Schreiber on 6/10/2013 @ 3:32pm EDT Said:

I think Iowa will have the break out receiver, maybe Hulaska!

newfanland on 6/10/2013 @ 8:17pm EDT Said:

Allen Robinson won last year and will be challenged this year as MM is gone, but that doesn’t necessarily diminish the QB.We have three who could handle things as well as MM did….with some upside.

huskerfanbb on 6/11/2013 @ 10:26am EDT Said:

Iowa? No way. New QB and they are going to be forced to pound it with Weisman and Co. to shorten the games.

HaydenFryGuy on 6/11/2013 @ 1:15pm EDT Said:

Huskerfanbb, I think you will be surprised by an Iowa receiver this year. Knock on wood, but Iowa has a full healthy backfield so far this year with a lot of diversity. (Speed, Power, Agility). With a healty Oline and a healthy backfield most teams will be looking for the run vs Iowa. Jordan Cotton will have a breakout year this year and I think CJ Fed. will finally live up to the hype. Iowa will have to go to the air if everyone thinks they will just ground and pound.

huskerfanbb on 6/11/2013 @ 2:11pm EDT Said:

I’ll be fairly surprised every time Iowa crosses midfield.