The Top 12 Pac-12 receivers of the BCS era: USC and Oregon State dominate the list

Chris McGrath

Trojans and Beavers account for half of the Top 12.

Brandin Cooks Oregon State 2011-13

The guy who just made a big splash at the NFL combine had an epic senior year in 2013 as the best statistical receive in the entire nation. Cooks more than filled in for the departing Markus Wheaton and finished his three-year career more than 3,200 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns along with more than 300 yards and two touchdowns rushing, utilizing his blazing speed.

Juron Criner Arizona 2008-11

The massive target was deadly for the Wildcats in the red zone as he finished his career with 32 receiving touchdowns. Criner was a big part of the Wildcats' best seasons under Mike Stoops and a fantastic target for Nic Foles.

Derek Hagan Arizona State 2002-05

Hagan has kind of been forgotten, but he is one of the most productive receivers to ever play receiver in college football. Hagan finished his career with nearly 4,000 yards receiving and 27 touchdowns while being a key part of some strong Sun Devils teams.

Mike Hass Oregon State 2003-05

Maybe the greatest walk-on in the history of the conference, Hass was a machine as a pass catcher. Hass caught 220 passes in just three years of action as a Beaver and had nearly 4,000 yards receiving along with 20 touchdowns.

Jason Hill Washington State 2003-06

Hill was a nightmare to opposing defenses in the fade route and the Cougars seemingly went to him every time they put the ball in the air during his time in Pullman. Hill didn't play for teams that were very good, but he was prolific and finished his career with 32 touchdowns.

Dwayne Jarrett USC 2004-06

Probably the best of the big USC receivers that seemed to dominate the decade for the Trojans, Jarrett was Matt Leinart's best target for most of his career. Jarrett's receptions and yardage statistics are impressive, but it's his touchdowns that are most astounding - 41 total in just a three-year collegiate career.

Marqise Lee USC 2011-13

Lee may have decimated Pac-12 records if he had not been injured for most of his junior season, and his overall stats are even more impressive when you consider that he basically achieved them in two and a half seasons. Lee was as impressive of a deep threat as the conference has ever seen and it showed in his 3,655 career yards and 29 career touchdowns.

James Newson Oregon State 2000-03

An even more forgotten name than Hagan, Newson had more than 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career, but I feel like most people don't remember him. Newson was a long receiver with great downfield ball skills who was Derek Anderson's top target.

Bobby Wade Arizona 1999-2002

Wade caught so many balls and was so consistent as a Wildcat that he was almost like a running back as receiver. Wade played for some not very good Arizona teams, but he was always their best offensive player towards the end of his career and finished with 230 receptions for more than 3,300 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Troy Walters Stanford 1996-99

What is most impressive about Walters' prolific stats is that he did them in a different era than the guys who did it in high-speed offenses and those that perpetually aired the ball out. Walters finished his career with nearly 4,000 yards receiving and had 26 touchdowns while playing a big part in helping the Cardinal win the conference in 1999.

Mike Williams USC 2002-03

Williams had just about as good of a two-year run as any receiver has ever had in the conference. Unfortunately Williams tried to head to the NFL after just two years of college in a long string of bad decisions, but in his two years in LA, he had more than 2,500 yards receiving and 30 touchdowns while being a big part of USC's turnaround and first national championship.

Reggie Williams Washington 2001-03

Before Mike Williams came along, Reggie was crowned as the big, athletic target who was going to become the best receiver in conference history. Williams didn't quite live up to those expectations, but he had an excellent sophomore season as finished his career as the best receiver in Washington history with more than 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in just three seasons.

Honorable mention

Jermaine Kearse Washington 2008-11

Geoff McArthur Cal 2000-04

Steve Smith USC 2003-06

Mike Thomas Arizona 2005-08

Robert Woods USC 2010-12

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