The Big 12 is known for two things; high-powered offenses and wagons tipping over during pregame festivities. The high-powered offenses have produced some of the best receivers to ever play college football, and have contributed to the Big 12’s reputation as a wide receiver factory. Here are five Big 12 receivers to look out for this upcoming season.
1. Tylan Wallace – Oklahoma State
Tylan Wallace was on his way to having a second consecutive all-conference season in 2019 before a knee injury. Despite the injury, Wallace still finished last season as his team’s leading receiver with 53 receptions for 903 yards and eight touchdowns.
This season, Wallace will look to continue his dominance and have his end of season stats looking similar to those from his freshman year. Wallace also finished as a Biletnikoff Award finalist in his freshman campaign. The Cowboys’ offense is going to be dangerous this year. With redshirt sophomore quarterback Spencer Saunders looking to take a big step. Weapons like Wallace and running back Chuba Hubbard are only going to make things easier for Mike Gundy’s boys.
2. Charleston Rambo – Oklahoma
Being the number one receiver at Oklahoma seems to guarantee an insane statistical year. Charleston Rambo will have to step into the role this year. The pressure of production will fall even heavier on Rambo this season, with Spencer Rattler likely taking his first real snaps as a college quarterback and fellow Sooners wideout Jadon Haselwood tearing his ACL.
Rambo had a strong season playing second fiddle to CeeDee Lamb last season, catching 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns. Now, as the main target, Rambo will have to follow in the footsteps of Lamb, Hollywood Brown, and Dede Westbrook to become a top wide receiver in the nation.
3. Brennan Eagles – Texas
The days of Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley carving up Big 12 defenses is a distant memory. These days, they would probably settle for 10 wins and a trip to a New Year’s bowl game. Without a clear number one following the departure of Devin Duvernay, the Longhorns will look to Brennan Eagles to pick up the production.
Eagles acted as Texas’ third receiver last season behind Duvernay and Collin Johnson. Eagles had 32 catches for 552 yards and six touchdowns. He will have a lot more responsibility this year with Sam Ehlinger going into his final year of eligibility and the pressure mounting on Tom Herman to get results.
4. Erik Ezukanma – Texas Tech
Erik Ezukanma came out of nowhere during his freshman season, giving the people of Lubbock something to be excited about for the first time since Patrick Mahomes left campus. His 664 yards made him the first freshman since Michael Crabtree in 2007 to lead the Red Raiders in receiving.
Ezukanma will not be the only promising receiver returning to Texas Tech, as junior Dalton Rigdon will merit some defensive attention. These two will surely combine to form one of the most dangerous receiver duos in the conference next season. He could also finish the year as not only one of the best Big 12 receivers but one of the better receivers in the country.
5. Andrew Parchment – Kansas
It’s hard to put anything related to Kansas football on a top five list. Knowing that, Andrew Parchment deserves to be here. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented Big 12 receivers.
Les Miles has a lot of questions to answer in his second season in Lawrence. Primarily who his starting quarterback will be. Senior Thomas MacVittie is the favorite to land the role, but he merits little confidence considering his only pass attempt last season was intercepted. Last seasons’ sixth-leading receiver in the Big 12 has a lot to overcome if he wants to match his 831 yards and six touchdowns, but he certainly has the talent to improve himself and his team.
Mike is a current student at Boston College and has been writing for Saturday Tailgate since May 2019. He currently covers all things Big 12 football