First Team All-American
1. Rashard Higgins, Jr. Colorado State
Higgins showed glimpses of greatness as a true freshman catching 68 passes for 847 yards and six touchdowns, showing off decent deep speed and a world of upside. And then the 6-2, 188-pounder blew up into one of the nation’s best receivers putting it all together with a 96-catch season for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns – and that was without playing against Hawaii with a shoulder injury. Unstoppable after the one-catch, 16-yard, one touchdown day against Colorado to start the season, he cranked out 100 yards or more in every other game he played in except for a nine-catch, 98-yard, one touchdown day against Boston College. He wasn’t just a big catch target, he cranked out home run after home run, averaging 18.2 yards per catch despite being keyed on by every defensive scheme.
2. Tyler Boyd, Jr. Pitt
Even in an offense that leans so heavily on the running game, Boyd’s next-level set of skills were once again impossible to miss. After a smashing debut in 2013, he took his game up a notch in 2014, earning First Team All-ACC with 78 receptions for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-2, 190-pound Boyd is an ultra-consistent performer, with one of the best work ethics on the team. Plus, his advanced hand-eye coordination allows him to make difficult grabs look easy, effortlessly plucking the ball out of the air. It’ll be an upset if he remains on campus beyond the 2015 campaign, though he’ll first have to work through the challenges of June’s DUI arrest and an opening game suspension.
3. Josh Doctson, Sr. TCU
The 6-3, 195-pounder can jump out of the stadium, has the deep speed to make big things happen, and he has become the reliable No. 1 target for Trevone Boykin. With 65 catches for a team-record 1,018 yards and 11 scores, he blew up in the new offense after making just 36 grabs for 440 yards the year before. Unstoppable at times, he caught seven passes for 225 yards and two scores against Oklahoma State, and he blew up late in the regular season with 16 catches for 266 yards and two scores against Texas and Iowa State. Now he’s a veteran main man for an experienced group of receivers. Expect even more.
4. Pharoh Cooper, Jr. South Carolina
The all-star do-it-all playmaker led the team with 69 catches for 1,136 yards and nine scores, averaging 16.5 yards per grab, ran for 200 yards and two scores, and served as the primary punt returner at times. With good size, the 5-11, 208-pounder is built like a running back, but he’s lightning quick and does big things whenever he has the ball in his hands. He destroyed Tennessee for 233 yards and two scores on 11 catches, and had a ten grab day against Vanderbilt, and now there’s no question who the No. 1 target is. The coaching staff will keep on inventing ways to get the ball in his hands.
5. Sterling Shepard, Sr. Oklahoma
6. Will Fuller, Jr. Notre Dame
7. Corey Coleman, Jr. Baylor
8. Nelson Spruce, Sr. Colorado
9. Bralon Addison, Jr. Oregon
10. KD Cannon, Soph. Baylor
11. Corey Davis, Jr. Western Michigan
12. Keevan Lucas, Jr. Tulsa
13. Artavis Scott, Soph. Clemson
14. (RB/WR) D.J. Foster, Sr. Arizona State
15. Dominique Williams, Sr. Washington State
16. Cayleb Jones, Jr. Arizona
17. Mike Williams, Jr. Clemson
18. River Cracraft, Jr. Washington State
19. Ryan Switzer, Jr. North Carolina
20. Kenny Lawler, Jr. Cal