Although none are in the top five nationally in stats, I think this is the best group of receivers the SEC has ever produced. This will be proven in a few years when all these guys will be playing on Sunday.
Heading into the season, Georgias AJ Green was the clear cut favorite as the top wideout in the SEC. After having to sit out the first 4 games of the season, Green has stormed back into the mix with a vengeance. In his 5 games this year, Green is averaging a touchdown per, and thats with a freshman quarterback in Aaron Murray. Numbers aside, Green is one of the best receivers--if not the best receiver--in the nation.
Under former Wildcat wideout Joker Phillips, its no surprise that University of Kentuckys Randall Cobb is having a career season. He leads the SEC with 59 catches after posting career highs of 12 catches for 171 yards last week against Mississippi State. After piling up a career-high 293 all-purpose yards last week against the Bulldogs, Cobb moved to third nationally in all-purpose yardage. He's also accounted for 13 total touchdowns. Simply put, if Cobb were on a team with one or two losses right now, he'd be a serious Heisman candidate.
Cobbs teammate Chris Mathews stats are ones that should be next to a number one receivers name. Mathews is tied for the SEC lead with 7 touchdowns and 623 yards. Of those yards, 177 came in a win over South Carolina, when Mathews caught 12 balls, including the Wildcats final touchdown.
South Carolinas Alshon Jeffery sports the number one and he may very well be that in the SEC. Jeffery is 6th in the nation with 935 receiving yards. Thats over 250 yards ahead of the rest of the SEC. After going the first three games of the season without a touchdown, Jeffery has 7 in the last 5 games, and is tied for tops in the conference. Number one is also the only player in the conference averaging over 100 yards receiving a game for the season.
Greg Childs has been lost for the season, but Arkansas might still have one of the best receiving corps around. Joe Adams is averaging more yards per catch than Alshon Jeffery. And Ryan Malletts third option all season, Jarius Wright, went for 131 yards against then-number-one-ranked Alabama. Both players should only increase their numbers the rest of the way out with the departure of Childs.
With a running game that features the likes of Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram, it doesnt seem fair that Alabama also has a wideout the caliber of Julio Jones. Jones is second in the SEC in yards per game, and is a human highlight film. After having surgery on his hand after the South Carolina game, Jones caught 12 passes for 221 yards just 2 weeks later against Tennessee.
All this production in a year without a plethora of passers, either!