Leading the way is Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, who will probably place in the top 8 of the final Heisman vote. Blackmon, a sophomore, already has 62 catches for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns…through seven games. He’s on pace to finish with 115 catches for 2,067 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 2,067 yards would be seven more than the NCAA record set by Trevor Insley of Nevada in 1999, while the 26 touchdowns would be just one shy of Troy Edwards’ season mark set in 1998. And don’t think that Blackmon is putting up his numbers against just anyone–he exploited the Nebraska secondary and future first-round cornerback Prince Amukamara to the tune of 157 yards and two touchdowns on just five catches last Saturday.
Also having a huge year is another sophomore, South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery. He has caught 49 balls for 848 yards and six scores,which puts him on pace for 91 catches for 1,573 yards and 12 touchdowns. If Blackmon doesn’t win the Biletnikoff, Jeffery probably will.
Let’s not forget Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma, who has 69 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns through seven games, or the dynamic Hawaii duo of Greg Salas (70/1,068/8) and Kealoha Pilares (60/891/11).
In any other year, these kind of numbers would be blowing people away, but Blackmon’s amazing stats and the overall depth of quality receivers this season–we’ll probably see 30 players or more top the 1,000-yard mark–has made them seem a bit less remarkable.