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Taking a look at the 2015 opponents top returning receivers

With the 2015 football season quickly approaching we take a look at the top receiver for each team the Cougars will face this season.

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1. Portland State (Sept. 5)*

Alex Toureen - After losing Kasey Closs to the NFL Draft the Vikings will look to lean on senior Alex Toureen next season. After playing in all 12 games but starting in 11 of those, Toureen will look to improve on the numbers he had last season. He finished with 37 receptions for 541 yards and 2 touchdowns.

2. Rutgers (Sept. 12)

Leonte Carroo - After announcing that he would forego the 2015 NFL Draft, Carroo looks to help Rutgers return to bowl season. Carroo lead all Scarlet Knights last season with 55 receptions for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games. After Carroo there is a steep drop off in production as the second leading returning receiver, Janarion Grant, has 25 receptions for 312 yards and failed to find the endzone.

3. Wyoming (Sept. 19)*

Tanner Gentry - The Cowboys are losing their top two wide receivers from last year due to graduation and will look to lean on junior Tanner Gentry. Gentry finished last season with 32 receptions for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns just ahead of fellow junior Jake Maulhardt. Both receivers the Cowboys will be losing contributed 40+ catches and 500+ yards each last season.

4. California (Oct. 3)

Kenny Lawler Jr. - California has had a very young team the past couple of years but is hoping to lean on experience as they try and get back into the higher ranks of college football. Fortunately the Golden Bears will have Junior Kenny Lawler Jr. amongst the now-senior class to help out. After leading the team in receptions (54), yards (701), and touchdowns (9) he looks to improve on those numbers with returning quarterback Jared Goff.

5. Oregon (Oct. 10)

Byron Marshall Sr. - With Oregon losing Marcus Mariota the Ducks will look to lean on the seniority of Marshall to help get them back to the National Championship. Marshall finished last season with 74 receptions and 1,003 yards for 6 touchdowns. The Ducks are deep at receiver as they will be returning 9 of their 10 most productive receivers from last season. Bralon Addison will also be returning next season after taking a redshirt year due to injury.

6. Oregon State (Oct. 17)*

Victor Bolden - The Beavers will mainly be focused on finding their new QB's favorite target this next season after Sean Mannion went to the St. Louis Rams in the draft and Luke Del Rio transferred to Florida in April. The good thing for whoever that will be (there's still a battle) is that the Beavers top receiver from last year will be returning in Bolden. With 35 receptions last season for 798 yards and 2 touchdowns he looks to help get the Beavers back to the top of the North Division.

7. Arizona (Oct. 24)

Cayleb Jones Jr. - Junior receiver Cayleb Jones will be back to help Anu Solomon get the Wildcats back to the Conference championship this next season. Jones finished his sophomore season and led the team with 73 receptions for 1,019 yards and 9 touchdowns and looks to improve on his stellar numbers he had. With Austin Hill graduated it will give Jones even more chances to touch the ball and find the end zone.

8. Stanford (Oct. 31)*

Austin Hooper/Michael Rector - Stanford football is in a reload stage as they lost their top two receivers, top two quarterbacks, and top two running backs. This next season brings many opportunities for young receivers to showcase their talent and lead this Cardinal team back to being a powerhouse. The top returning leader from last season is TE Austin Hooper who had 40 receptions for 499 yards and two touchdowns while the top returning receiver is Michael Rector who had 24 receptions for 324 yards while also hauling in two touchdowns.

9. Arizona State (Nov. 7)*

D.J. Foster - Arizona State's main leader last season, Jalen Strong, entered the NFL Draft early and is leaving this Sun Devils team with out a standout receiver. The Sun Devils are however in a odd situation as they will be having their running back-turned-receiver standout D.J. Foster return for his senior season. Foster recorded 62 receptions for 688 yards and two touchdowns. Foster also led the team on the ground with 1,081 yards on 194 carries with 9 more touchdowns. UCLA Transfer Devin Lucien will also be joining the Sun Devils next season.

10. UCLA (Nov. 14)

Jordan Payton Sr. -  Senior Jordan Payton will be returning once more for the Bruins and will be looking to help Jerry Neuheisel who is stepping in for Brett Hundley. Last season Payton led the team with 67 receptions for 954 yards and hauled in 7 touchdowns. Payton looks to lead this team of experienced receivers yet again in 2015.

11. Colorado (Nov. 21)*

Nelson Spruce - With Sefu Liufau returning for another year the Buffaloes are looking to improve on a 2-10 season. Nelson Spruce is one of the best receivers in the PAC-12 and it is no surprise that he is already looked at as one of the first draft picks for next year to come off the board from the PAC-12. With 106 receptions for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for Colorado he will look to improve on those numbers and help the team win a few more games.

12. Washington (Nov. 27)

Jaydon Mickens - Senior wide receiver Jaydon Mickens will look to help the Huskies offense that doesn't have a set quarterback for next season. With quarterback Cyler Myles retiring Monday afternoon due to a hip injury the Huskies will have to lean on experience in other categories to help them out this season. Mickens finished last season with 60 receptions for 617 yards and 4 touchdowns and will need to step up big this season to help out whoever is at the helm for the huskies.

* = Home Game


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