3. WR Laviska Shenault, Jr. Colorado
Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver, and Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace is returning after finishing as a finalist, but the race for the honor might be over if the guy in Boulder can stay in one piece.
Arguably the best player in college football over the first five games of the 2018 season, he ripped up UCLA for 12 catches for 126 yards, tore into Arizona State for 127 yards and two scores on 13 catches – along with two rushing scores – and was on pace for 120 catches before getting hurt.
He managed to come back after missing three games, but the Colorado season was in the midst of a deep nosedive.
The 6-2, 220-pounder caught ten passes for 102 yards against Washington State when he returned – and finished the season with 86 catches for 1,011 yards and six scores with five rushing touchdowns – but the injuries took their toll.
Trying to get back from shoulder and toe problems, he’ll be good to go this fall for new head coach Melvin Tucker. If No. 2 is in one piece, the Buff offense is going to be deadly.