We’ve seen some outstanding performances in college football’s bowl games over the past two weeks. It’s safe to say more will come as we head into the more sterling matchups over the weekend.
Let’s take a look at some of the most dominant performances by receivers up to Friday December 30:
5. Kendall Sanders, Arkansas State – 5 rec, 127 yards, 3 TD, Autonation Cure Bowl, ARST 31 – UCF 13
It’s pretty hard to ignore a guy who touches the ball just five times in the game and three of them go for scores. At the Cure Bowl, Arkansas State somewhat blew out UCF with a 31-13 score. It was already 17-0 for the Wolves after one quarter.
Still, Sanders’ three scores were impressive, especially his first. He got a foot in the endzone by tip-toeing in a telephone booth. His second TD went for a monstrous 75 yards.
“Initially, in my route, I had to run a 20-yard route. But I had just had the conversation with [quarterback Justice Hansen] and he was like, just get past the safety,” Sanders told the Orlando Sentinel of the play. “He hit me right in stride. From there, I just used my God-given abilities.”
— AutoNation Cure Bowl (@CureBowl) December 18, 2016
The senior from Athens, TX is done his college career. Sanders caught just 38 balls over his final season. He played for Texas from 2012 to 2013 and never played the following two years because of a alleged sexual assault – he was found not guilty in 2015.
4. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M – 12 rec, 154 yards, 2 TD, Advocare V100 Texas Bowl, KSU 33 – TA&M 28
After putting up a standout senior season (61 rec, 1061 yards, 12 TD), Josh Reynolds showed NFL scouts why he’s the real deal. In the Texas Bowl he showed his dominance over 12 receptions, particularly during one testy post-touchdown look he gave a Wildcats corner.
It wasn’t enough though as Kansas State and Bill Snyder eeked out the win.
Reynolds truly kept the Aggies in the game, posting scores while A&M was down 23-14, and then 31-21. The guy just doesn’t quit, even when the chips are down.
— AdvoCare Texas Bowl (@TexasBowl) December 29, 2016
Nearly half of Trevor Knight’s completions went to Reynolds during the game. Watch out for this receiver in the NFL next year.
3. Olabisi Johnson, Colorado State – 7 rec, 265 yards, 2 TD, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, IDHO 61 – CSU 50
It was a fireworks show in Idaho for the Potato Bowl. Colorado State put up a good fight in what we can technically call home field advantage for the Vandals (the game was played at Boise State’s field).
Rams receiver Olabisi Johnson totally stole the show with a ridiculous 265 yards, averaging nearly 40 yards per reception. It was good enough for a school record for most receiving yards in a game. (His teammate Michael Gallup also had a great game, hauling in three touchdowns on six catches.)
The Colorado-native Johnson put up the game’s first points on a 52-yard bomb.
The Rams went down 41-7 by the late third quarter, yet still nearly made the comeback. Down 48-14 in the fourth quarter, Johnson got wide open and caught a 71-yard TD.
There’s been some nice receivers coming out of the Rams program over the past few years (think Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins), and Johnson is just a sophomore. Things look promising in Fort Collins.
2. KD Cannon, Baylor, 14 rec, 226 yards, 2 TDs, Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Bay 31 – BSU 12
KD Cannon put on quite the show in the desert. The junior receiver from Mount Pleasant, TX, grabbed 14 balls and two touchdowns as Baylor routed the Broncos in Phoenix. Cannon put up the Bears’ first two TDs as they built a 14-3 lead. Baylor would never surrender the lead all game.
my mom: if people pursued life like KD Cannon pursued this catch they could go places
— Britt (@brittanyfaithhj) December 28, 2016
His second score was all speed:
Cannon finished the season with 87 receptions, 1215 yards and 13 TDs.
1. Anthony Miller, Memphis – 11 rec, 151 yards, 3 TD, Boca Raton Bowl, WKU 51, MEM 31
Watching Anthony Miller tear it up in the Boca Raton Bowl was pretty special. Sure, we admit it was a bit of a stinker bowl and not much of a tight game, but Miller kept his team in it.
His first score came in the second quarter when his team really needed him, down 21-10. He caught a seven-yard score. Then in the third quarter it seemed like Memphis was done, down 41-17. Miller caught another TD, this time a ten-yarder.
Western Kentucky had added a field goal to make it a devastating 20-point lead. But on fourth down Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson threw a beautiful ball to Miller, who had about five Hilltopper defenders just watching the play unfold, seemingly mesmerized. Miller came down with a sweet catch for 45 yards.
— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) December 21, 2016
It wasn’t enough to win, but the hometown junior from Memphis played outstanding.
(Main Photo: LINDSAY CAUDLE, TexAgs)