SEC Wide Receiver Power Rankings: Week 8
Each week, Saturday Down South will break down the SEC’s top wide receivers, ranking the top five and shouting out the next five guys in line. These rankings are a combination of numbers and their impact on the game, taking into consideration things like first down conversions, timeliness of catches and importance to their team’s offense.
- Amari Cooper, Alabama: Cooper is still the best receiver in the SEC, but his hold on this top slot is tenuous after two straight games not up to his standards. He was limited to just 2 catches for 22 yards against Arkansas, despite being targeted eight times by Blake Sims. Cooper looked frustrated throughout the afternoon, and also suffered a bit of a knee tweak. Another down week and Cooper might slip from the top spot.
- De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State: Wilson has come into his own the last few weeks as the Bulldogs have sprinted to the top of the polls. His touchdown against Auburn might have been more encouraging than some of the physically dominant plays he’d made to score earlier in the season, due to the gorgeous move he made to get himself open.
- Travin Dural, LSU: Dural didn’t have anywhere near his biggest game of the season against Florida; in fact, he was shut out until the fourth quarter. The nature and difficulty level of his two catches put him back into this top five, though. First, Dural toasted two Florida defensive backs to get open for a huge third-and-long conversion. Later that drive, he caught a fade in the back corner of the end zone with a defender draped all over him, vaulting LSU into a late lead. Dural still needs more consistency, but he certainly showed he has the clutch gene.
- D’haquille Williams, Auburn: Duke bounced back from a rough outing against LSU with one of his best games of the season. He’d be much higher on this list if he hadn’t given away a fumble on the Tigers’ second offensive snap of the game. He picked up his first multi-touchdown game in the loss to Mississippi State, and both made it a one-score game in what had been a lopsided affair.
- Speedy Noil, Texas A&M: A lot of Noil’s yardage came in garbage time against Ole Miss, but he still put up some impressive totals and looks to be developing into Kenny Hill’s top target. He had his first double-digit reception day with 11 catches against the Rebels. The freshman is coming into his own, and he makes a huge impact for the Aggies in the return game as well.
The next five: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss; Sammie Coates, Auburn; Bud Sasser, Missouri; Demarcus Robinson, Florida; Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M