Two receivers, too much dopeness. We couldn't pick just one, so when it came time to naming our "best wide receiver" award we did the dopest thing we could think of: put a hyphen on it.
In 2013 Willie Snead was the best receiver in the MAC, as determined by you, the fans. The Ball State junior hauled in 1,429 yards and 14 touchdowns but was tragically left off any All-American lists. Despite having a year of eligibility left, Snead chose not to return to Muncie to defend his title as The Moss-Jennings Award winner, and instead entered the NFL. So far in the preseason, it seems to be paying off.
But even without Snead, the MAC is loaded at the wide reciever position. Below are the five names we think are the most likely to win this award come season's end.
This Toledo junior may be the most physically gifted wideout in the MAC. Don't believe me, watch his NBA level ups in this catch. In 2013 Russell was a Third Team All-MAC receiver (for the second consecutive season) having caught 59 passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns. That was as the team's No. 2 receiver. Now the top dog on the roster, expectations are high for Russell this fall.
The 2013 MAC Freshman of the Year, the younger Davis is a bigger, stronger version of CMU's Titus. As a true freshman Corey hauled in 67 passes for 941 yards and six touchdowns, earning Second team All-MAC honors and Freshman All-American honors from the FWAA and College Football News. Corey was supposed to have some help this season in the form of 2012 MAC FOTY wide receiver Jaime Wilson, but Wilson transferred to an FCS program. There's no telling if that will mean bigger or smaller numbers for Davis this fall, but either way he's an "elite" talent, as P.J. Fleck would say.
In a crowded receiver corps that featured Snead, the 2013 Moss-Jennings winner, and Jamill Smith, Williams was able to squeeze out impressive numbers on 72 receptions for 1,050 yards and 10 scores. Williams is a big, athletic receiver checking in at 6 foot 2, 224 pounds, he's able to use that size to his advantage. He earned Third Team All-MAC Honors in 2013, but now as the No. 1 receiver on the Cardinals' roster, it's unlikely he'll finish that low again.
Another true sophomore on this list Ronnie Moore is different from all the others on this list. A slot by definition, Moore checks in at 5 foot 9, 164 pounds, and will never have the targets that some of these others will, but it's what he does with the targets he gets that landed him on this list. In 2013 Moore flashed his explosive speed by hauling in 28 catches for 547 yards and seven touchdowns. That's right, he scored one out of every four times he touched the ball. In Dino Babers' high-octane offense his numbers could skyrocket this fall.
The elder Davis has been a rock of consistency in the MAC for the past three seasons. Year in and year out Davis is discussed as one of the best skill position players in the MAC, and rightfully so. A three-time All-MAC performer, Davis most recently hauled in 61 passes for 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career he averages more than 18 yards a catch. Checking in at about 15 pounds lighter than his little brother, Corey, Titus is an explosive deep-ball receiver who can take it to the house on any play. With some consistency at quarterback this fall, he could really do some damage.