Most of the biggest names in college football play other positions, but wide receivers are often recognized thanks to their box-score production.

Last season, 74 teams across the Football Bowl Subdivision tossed at least 20 touchdowns—and 21 programs reached the 30-score mark. Beyond those nice, round numbers, a strong majority of FBS offenses primarily gain their yardage through the air.

Assembling a talented group of wideouts, clearly, is immensely valuable.

As we continue our offseason series projecting top position units, you may notice a trend: Most teams highlighted are commonly viewed as conference championship contenders. That is hardly a coincidence.

The choices are subjective but based on returning production, incoming transfers and overall depth.


AAC: UTSA Roadrunners

Memphis and North Texas each deserve a mention thanks to some impactful transfers. Despite losing one standout player to the portal, though, UTSA remains atop the receiver chart in the American.

Joshua Cephus has turned in back-to-back seasons with at least 71 catches, 819 yards and six touchdowns, while De'Corian Clark has consecutive years of 51 receptions, 741 yards and eight scores.

Some programs even mentioned in this projection would be thrilled to have that level of returning production.

But the Roadrunners also brought in Willie McCoy, a junior college All-American who notched 600-plus yards in both seasons at Kilgore College. He can be a valuable complement with sixth-year receiver Tykee Ogle-Kellogg and potentially Chris Carpenter.