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SEC Football by the Numbers: Does 2020 Have a 1,000 Yard Receiver?



Will the SEC have a 1,000-meter receiver in 2020?

The most likely candidate has opted out and will not play this season, in which each SEC team will be limited to 10 conference games on the regular season schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

LSU wide receiver JaMarr Chase set a SEC single-season record with 1,780 receiving yards in 2019. But he has chosen not to play in 2020.

Three other SEC receivers reached 1,000 receiving yards in the 2019 season. LSU’s Justin Jefferson and Alabamas Jerry Jeudy are now in the NFL, but wide receiver DeVonta Smith is returning for the Crimson Tide after collecting 1,256 receiving yards last season.

So what are Smith’s odds of becoming the 12th player in SEC history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons?

Pretty good based on last season: Smiths made his 2019 total in 13 games. But after 10 games last season, Smith had 1,026 receiving yards. After 11 he had 1,120.

After each SEC team has played its 10-game regular season, some will go to a bowl and two will play in the SEC Championship Game. There may be one or more involved in the College Football Playoff, where reaching the championship game would add two more games to the schedule.

But most games that a SEC team will play for the 2020 season will be 13. Most of the conference will not play more than 11. For each of the past five seasons, one SEC team has played at least 15 games per year.

In SEC history, only three players have achieved 1,000 receiving yards for seasons when their teams played 10 games that counted their stats: Vanderbilts Bob Goodridge in 1967, Floridas Carlos Alvarez in 1969, and Auburns Terry Beasley in 1970.

For SEC teams with 11 game seasons, there are 11 1,000-yard receivers.

In the SEC’s 87 previous football seasons, 71 host seasons of 1,000 meters have been achieved by 60 players. All but eight have been 1,000 yard runs in the past 25 seasons. For most of that period, the 12-game regular season was the norm.

In the past 25 seasons, only two were without a 1000-yard receiver in the 2004 and 2008 conference. The SEC recorded a high of five for 1000-yard receivers in 2001, 2006 and 2012.

More recent pass catchers have also benefited from a scoring change by the NCAA. Before 2002, bowls statistics were not included in a player’s official totals.

Does that make a difference?

Here’s an example: In 1987, Wendell Davis caught 72 passes for 993 yards when LSU put together a 9-1-1 regular-season record and earned an invite to the Gator Bowl. In the Tigers’ 30-13 victory over South Carolina in Jacksonville, Davis caught nine passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

But Davis’s 1987 season is not included among the SEC’s 1,000-yard hosting campaigns. His official total for the season is 993 receiving yards, not 1,125, which would be the case today. Rather than having Davis take the credit as the first SEC player to receive two 1,000 yard seasons, Tennessees Joey Kent has that accolade for his 1995 and 1996 seasons.

LSU’s Tony Moss in 1988 and Tennessees Tim McGee in 1985, Carl Pickens in 1990 and Peerless Price in 1998 would also have been 1,000 yard recipients had their bowl stats been part of their official records.

Here are the SEC players who have had 1,000 receiving yards in a season (using the official totals):

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy catches a touchdown pass during an SEC game against Arkansas on October 26, 2019 in Tuscaloosa.AP

Alabama: 10 seasons of 1,000 yard with seven players

1993: David Palmer 1,000 meters on 61 receptions

2006: DJ Hall 1,056 yards at 62 receptions

2007: DJ Hall 1005 yards at 67 receptions

2010: Julio Jones 1,133 meters on 78 receptions

2012: Amari Cooper 1,000 meters on 59 receptions

2014: Amari Cooper 1,727 yards on 124 receptions

2015: Calvin Ridley 1,045 yards on 89 receptions

2018: Jerry Jeudy 1,315 yards on 68 receptions

2019: DeVonta Smith 1,256 out of 68 receptions

2019: Jerry Jeudy 1,163 at 77 receptions

Cobi Hamilton, Lorenzo Waters

Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton runs after a reception against Rutgers on September 22, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark.AP

Arkansas: Three 1,000-yard seasons by three players

1998: Anthony Lucas 1004 yards on 43 receptions

2011: Jarius Wright 1117 meters on 66 receptions

2012: Cobi Hamilton 1,335 yards on 90 receptions

Auburn wide receiver Ronney Daniels

Auburn wide receiver Ronney Daniels catches a touchdown pass during a SEC game against Georgia on November 13, 1999 in Athens, Georgia.

Auburn: Two 1,000-yard seasons by two players

1970: Terry Beasley 1,051 yards at 52 receptions

1999: Ronney Daniels 1068 meters at 56 receptions

Miami vs Florida

Florida wide receiver Taylor Jacobs holds down for a catch against Miami (Fla.) On September 7, 2002 in Gainesville, Fla.Getty Images

Florida: 11 1,000-yard seasons with 10 players

1969: Carlos Alvarez 1,329 meters at 88 receptions

1995: Chris Doering 1,045 yards on 70 receptions

1995: Ike Hilliard 1008 yards on 57 receptions

1996: Reidel Anthony 1,293 meters at 72 receptions

1997: Jacquez Green 1,024 yards on 61 receptions

1998: Travis McGriff 1,357 meters at 70 receptions

1999: Darrell Jackson 1,156 yards on 67 receptions

2000: Jabar Gaffney 1,184 meters at 71 receptions

2001: Jabar Gaffney 1,191 meters on 67 receptions

2001: Reche Caldwell 1,059 yards on 65 receptions

2002: Taylor Jacobs 1,088 yards on 71 receptions

Terrence Edwards carries the ball

Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards catches a pass during an SEC game against Ole Miss on November 9, 2002 in Athens, Georgia.Getty Images

Georgia: A 1,000-yard season

2002: Terrence Edwards 1,004 yards at 59 receptions

Randall Cobb, Brian Wagner, Adam Steiner

Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb runs with the football against Akron on September 18, 2010 in Lexington, Ky.ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kentucky: Four 1,000-yard seasons by four players

1998: Craig Yeast 1,311 yards on 85 receptions

1999: James Whalen 1,019 yards on 90 receptions

2006: Keenan Burton 1,036 yards on 77 receptions

2010: Randall Cobb 1017 yards on 84 receptions

LSU wide receiver JaMarr Chase

LSU wide receiver JaMarr Chase catches a touchdown pass during the CFP National Championship game against Clemson on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans.AP

LSU: Nine 1,000-yard seasons with eight players

1983: Eric Martin 1064 yards on 52 receptions

1986: Wendell Davis 1,244 meters at 80 receptions

2000: Josh Reed 1127 yards at 65 receptions

2001: Josh Reed 1,740 yards on 94 receptions

2003: Michael Clayton 1,079 yards on 78 receptions

2013: Jarvis Landry 1193 meters on 77 receptions

2013: Odell Beckham Jr. 1,152 yards on 49 receptions

2019: JaMarr Chase 1,780 meters at 84 receptions

2019: Justin Jefferson 1,540 meters on 111 receptions

Fred Ross

Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross dives into the end zone during an SEC game against LSU on September 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La.AP

Mississippi State: Two 1,000-yard seasons by two players

1978: Mardye McDole 1035 meters at 48 receptions

2015: Fred Ross 1007 yards on 88 receptions

J'Mon Moore, Tre Herndon

Missouri wide receiver JMon Moore scores a touchdown during an SEC game against Vanderbilt on November 12, 2016 in Columbia, Mo.AP

Missouri: Three seasons of 1,000 yard by two players

2014: Bud Sasser 1003 yards on 77 receptions

2016: JMon Moore 1,012 yards on 62 receptions

2017: JMon Moore 1,082 yards on 65 receptions

The Missouris list only includes those players who have had 1,000 yard receiving seasons since 2012, when the Tigers joined the SEC. In total, Missouri has hosted nine 1,000-yard seasons by seven players. The other 1,000m recipients from the Tigers were Victor Bailey at 1,200m at 75 receptions in 1992, Justin Gage at 1,075m at 82 receptions in 2002, Jeremy Maclin at 1,055m at 80 receptions in 2007 and 1,200m at 102 receptions in 2008 ., Danario Alexander with 1,781 yards on 113 receptions in 2009 and TJ Moe with 1,045 yards on 92 receptions in 2010.

AJ Brown, Michael Elbert

Ole Miss wide receiver AJ Brown catches a touchdown pass against Southern Illinois on September 8, 2018, in Oxford, Miss.AP

Ole Miss: Four seasons of 1,000 yard by three players

2009: Shay Hodge 1,135 yards at 70 receptions

2015: Laquon Treadwell 1,153 meters at 82 receptions

2017: AJ Brown with 1,252 meters on 75 receptions

2018: AJ Brown with 1,310 yards on 85 receptions

Pharoh Cooper, Brian Poole, Keanu Neal

South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper catches a touchdown pass during an SEC game against Florida on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, SCAP

South Carolina: Four 1,000-yard seasons by three players

2005: Sidney Rice 1,143 meters on 70 receptions

2006: Sidney Rice 1,090 yards on 72 receptions

2010: Alshon Jeffery 1,517 yards on 88 receptions

2014: Pharoh Cooper 1,136 yards on 69 receptions

South Carolina’s list only includes those players who have had 1,000 yard receiving seasons since 1992, when the Gamecocks joined the SEC. Before the SEC era, South Carolina had one player 1,000 receiving yards in a season – Sterling Sharpe with 1,106 yards on 74 receptions in 1986.

Justin Hunter, Loucheiz Purifoy

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter makes a catch during a SEC game against Florida on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tennessee: Eight 1,000-yard seasons with seven players

1995: Joey Kent 1,055 yards on 69 receptions

1996: Joey Kent 1,080 yards on 68 receptions

1997: Marcus Nash 1170 meters on 76 receptions

2001: Kelley Washington 1,010 yards on 64 receptions

2006: Robert Meachem 1,298 meters at 71 receptions

2007: Lucas Taylor 1,000 meters at 73 receptions

2011: DaRick Rogers 1040 meters on 67 receptions

2012: Justin Hunter 1,083 yards on 73 receptions

Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds

Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds catches a pass during an SEC game against Auburn on September 17, 2016 in Auburn.AP

Texas A&M: Four 1,000-yard seasons by three players

2012: Mike Evans 1,105 meters on 82 receptions

2013: Mike Evans 1,394 meters on 69 receptions

2015: Christian Kirk 1009 yards on 80 receptions

2016: Josh Reynolds 1,039 yards on 61 receptions

The Texas A & M’s list only includes those players who have had 1,000 yard receiving seasons since 2012, when the Aggies joined the SEC. For the SEC era, Texas A&M had two players reaching 1,000 receiving yards in a season – Jeff Fuller with 1,066 yards on 72 receptions in 2010 and Ryan Swope with 1,207 yards on 89 receptions in 2011.

Jordan Matthews, Kevin Johnson

Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews holds a reception at Wake Forest on November 20, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.AP

Vanderbilt: Six 1,000-yard seasons by five players

1967: Bob Goodridge 1,114 yards at 79 receptions

1988: Boo Mitchell 1,213 yards on 78 receptions

2001: Dan Stricker 1,079 yards on 65 receptions

2006: Earl Bennett 1,146 yards on 82 receptions

2012: Jordan Matthews 1,323 meters on 94 receptions

2013: Jordan Matthews 1,477 meters on 112 receptions



Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter atArk AMarkG1.

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