SEC Week 3 wide receiver power rankings
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.
1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
This should come as no surprise. Cooper has been more or less unstoppable through two games, averaging 159.5 yards per game, and he leads the nation in catches (25) and yards (319). Amari lit up Florida Atlantic, making defenders look foolish on a handful of wide receiver screen passes. Cooper also tied a school record with his 13 grabs, and the way Lane Kiffin has been feeding him it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him top that at some point this year.
2. Travin Dural, LSU
Dural hasn’t caught many balls yet, but he’s certainly made more of his grabs than anyone in the nation. The sophomore has taken four of his six catches for touchdowns, and his 48.5 yards per catch average is absolutely filthy. Add in that he has the longest TD reception in the country and is tied for the most catches of 25+ yards and LSU has the biggest of big-play receivers out there right now.
3. D’haquille Williams, Auburn
Big things were expected from Williams when he transferred to Auburn from junior college, and he’s lived up to them so far. His numbers took a dip as the Tigers pounded the rock on the ground against San Jose State, but he’s still averaging better than 16 yards per grab and has more than 200 yards through two games. Williams’ size, speed and athleticism bring a new dynamic to Auburn’s offense. That’s a scary thought for opponents.
4. Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
Facing constant double teams can deflate a receiver’s numbers big time, and Treadwell is no exception. He’s has still found ways to make his impact felt for the 2-0 Rebels, with 11 catches, 136 yards and a TD so far. He’s also turned nearly half of his receptions (five of 11) into first downs. If teammates like Cody Core keep tearing up the single coverage they’re seeing thanks to the attention paid to Treadwell, things could open up for the super sophomore.
5. Bud Sasser, Missouri
The senior has been a model of consistency for the Tigers and has provided Maty Mauk with a reliable target through two games. Sasser has caught all seven of his targets through two games and has turned all of them into first downs. With the way Mauk likes to scramble around, it’s good to have a reliable set of hands waiting for the ball.
The next five: Cody Core, Mississippi; Malcome Kennedy, Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M; Nick Jones, South Carolina; Demarcus Robinson, Florida