Wisconsin Football: Top Five Big Ten Wide Receivers

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#2 – Felton Davis III, Michigan State

Michigan State was one of the most improved teams in the nation in 2017, going from 3-9 the season before to 10-3. The emergence of Felton Davis III as one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten played a major role in that impressive turnaround.

Davis was not much of a factor for the Spartans during his first two seasons, recording a mere 14 receptions for 200 yards and a single touchdown. He was a revelation last year as a junior.

Davis was one of the best receivers in the Big Ten in 2017, putting up 776 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns as quarterback Brian Lewerke’s favorite target.  He was named second team All-Big Ten by the media and third team by the coaches.

Despite his success in 2017, it appears as though Davis is being slept on at the moment when it comes to discussing the nation’s top receivers. In a bit of a head-scratching move, he was left off the Biletnikoff Award watch list that was released recently.

Regardless of the snub, expect Davis to play his way into a spot on that list as the season moves along.

Including Davis, the Spartans are returning more talent on offense than any team in the Big Ten, including one of the conferences’ best quarterbacks in Lewerke. Year 1 of the Lewerke-Davis connection was a smashing success, and the duo will be looking to build on their rapport in a big way in 2018.

At 6’4, Davis has proven himself to be a matchup nightmare, especially in downfield and red zone situations. In 2017, he ranked third in the Big Ten in touchdown receptions and sixth in receiving yards. With the sleeper Heisman candidate in Lewerke throwing him the ball again, he could very well lead both categories this season.