Power ranking the SEC’s WRs after Week 3
Weekly fluctuation continues in our SEC wide receiver power rankings.
Half of last week’s nominees have dropped out of the rankings following subpar performances, giving way to the next crop of future stars at the position.
Every player in the Ole Miss offense is benefiting from Chad Kelly’s Heisman-caliber start, notably Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo who have risen to the same all-star level of their counterparts Laquon Treadwell and Evan Engram.
Season-to-date WR rankings
The Razorbacks are down three receivers for at least the next month (Keon Hatcher, Jared Cornelius, Cody Hollister), so look for Hunter Henry, their preseason All-American tight end, to produce sizable numbers over the next few games. Henry’s caught 14 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown through three games.
Based on what they’ve done from the openers to now, here’s a glance at how we would rank the SEC’s WRs:
Power ranking the SEC’s WRs after Week 3
10. Duke Williams, Auburn — One of this season’s biggest disappointments thus far, Williams struggled to find space at LSU against Tre’Davious White and Kevin Toliver, managing just two catches for 19 yards. He did have a 10-yard touchdown reception when the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Johnson’s inconsistency is largely to blame for his ineptitude at this point.
Last game: 2 catches, 19 yards, TD
2015 season: 7 catches, 81 yards, TD
9. ArDarius Stewart, Alabama — Stewart leads the Crimson Tide with 18 receptions, most coming on a bevy of screen passes, and could see an increased workload with Robert Foster going down with an injury. Stewart scored the first touchdown of his sophomore season against Ole Miss during an 8-catch, 73-yard effort.
Last game: 8 catches, 73 yards, TD
2015 season: 18 catches, 138 yards, TD
8. Trent Sherfield, Vanderbilt — Coming off a 16-catch, school-record 240-yard outing against Austin Peay, Sherfield now leads the SEC in total catches (21) and yards (347) this season. Sherfield signed with the Commodores as a dual-threat quarterback in 2014, but has since transitioned into a play-making wideout who has assumed the No. 1 role after C.J. Duncan suffered a season-ending injury during fall camp.
Last game: 16 catches, 240 yards, TD
2015 season: 21 catches, 347 yards, 2 TD
7. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia — The Bulldogs took advantage of South Carolina’s soft zone coverage and Mitchell was the lead beneficiary, pulling in eight catches on all eight of his targets for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was Mitchell’s first 100-yard game since Oct. 20, 2012 against Kentucky.
Last game: 8 catches, 122 yards, TD
2015 season: 15 catches, 210 yards, 2 TD
6. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina — Strangely quiet at Georgia, the Gamecocks’ best player managed only one catch for six yards, his lowest output since the 2013 season. Cooper picked up 34 yards rushing on five carries for an ineffective offense. He may continue to slip in the rankings until South Carolina finds its identity.
Last game: 1 catch, 6 yards
2015 season: 13 catches, 151 yards, TD
5. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M — The SEC’s returning touchdown leader at the position, Reynolds has hauled in three scores in his last two starts including a pair in Saturday’s win over Nevada. Kyle Allen’s developed a strong bond with the 6-foot-4 junior inside the red zone. His leaping 25-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone in the second quarter came on a well-thrown cross-field heave from Allen.
Last game: 3 catches, 55 yards, 2 TD
2015 season: 8 catches, 136 yards, 3 TD
4. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss — The Treadwell of old showed up Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, hauling in five receptions for 80 yards including his first touchdown grab of the season on a highlight-worthy 29-yard catch from Chad Kelly that gave the Rebels a 19-point lead in the fourth. His total also featured an over-the-shoulder reception down the sideline that was a beauty.
Last game: 5 catches, 80 yards, TD
2015 season: 14 catches, 197 yards, TD
3. Cody Core, Ole Miss — Part of the Rebels’ unstoppable wideout trifecta through three weeks of the season, Core’s leading the SEC with a 24.9-yard per catch average and has a touchdown reception in each of his first three starts. Saturday’s 123-yard explosion at Alabama that featured a controversial 73-yard score on Kelly’s line of scrimmage heave marked his second career 100-yard game.
Last game: 4 catches, 123 yards, TD
2015 season: 12 catches, 299 yards, 3 TD
2. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M — This freshman’s impressive start continued in his third game with a six-catch, 120-yard performance against Nevada. Kirk’s shown a penchant for big plays and hauls in everything thrown in his direction.
Last game: 6 catches, 120 yards
2015 season: 16 catches, 269 yards, 2 TD
1. Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss — Ranked fifth last week, the Rebels’ fourth option in the passing game entering the season catapults into the No. 1 spot in the rankings after his play-of-the-year caliber touchdown at Alabama. Half of Adeboyejo’s catches have resulted in scores (5) this season. He’s averaging 22.4-yards per reception.
Last game: 2 catches, 71 yards, TD
2015 season: 10 catches, 224 yards, 5 TD
Dropped out: Keon Hatcher, Arkansas (injured); Fred Ross, Mississippi State (1 catch, 12 yards); Nate Brown, Mizzou (2 catches, 10 yards); De’Runnya Wilson (1 catch, 17 yards); Garrett Johnson, Kentucky (1 catch, 10 yards)