FOX Sports college football analysts rank Top 5 WRs returning in 2020
The FOX Sports college football crew continued its ranking of top-returning players at each position group for the 2020 season. This week, the analysts ranked wide receivers.
Three B1G wide receivers caught plenty of attention from the FOX panel. Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman all received recognition in some form among the six analysts.
Moore was the B1G’s leading receiver in 2018, totaling 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns on 114 receptions. But it was his versatility that set him apart as a true freshman that year. He was also utilized in Purdue’s rushing attack and special teams units and was one of college football’s most explosive players that year.
Last year, Moore’s season was derailed by a lower leg injury.
Bateman was the league’s second-leading receiver last season, behind teammate Tyler Johnson. Bateman caught 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns and will be the top target in Minnesota’s offense in 2020.
Olave was the No. 1 receiver for Ohio State statistically last year, an impressive feat for a sophomore. He piled up 849 yards and 12 touchdowns on 49 catches. His 17.33 yards per catch averaged ranked sixth in the B1G.
Below is how the six FOX Sports analysts — Urban Meyer, Joel Klatt, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and Rob Stone — ranked the wide receivers heading into the 2020 season: