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Published 07/01/2014
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Miami Hoists Crown as "Wide Receiver U"

By Chase Goodbread
College Football 24/7 writer

The label of "Wide Receiver U" could fit nicely with a number of college programs, and not surprisingly, one of them is also College Football 24/7's pick for "Quarterback U." But while the dynamic quarterback-receiver combinations at USC over the years make a strong case as the nation's most prominent factory for both positions, the Trojans' history of draft-worthy receivers doesn't quite measure up to our No. 1 choice.

CFB 24/7 looked at 10 programs with a strong history of quality receivers -- all of them giants, historically, in recruiting elite talent -- and stacked them ordered least impressive to most impressive for their draft history at the wide receiver spot. Along with the number of drafted receivers, the rankings also factor in the overall quality of the group.

Here are the 10 programs that can proudly lay claim to the title of "Running Back U" based on their success in sending players to the league during the past quarter century or so.

10. Texas Longhorns
9. Clemson Tigers
8. Michigan Wolverines
7. Tennessee Volunteers
6. LSU Tigers
5. Florida Gators
4. Florida State Seminoles
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
2. USC Trojans
Draft picks last 25 years: 21, including Wesley Carroll, Randall Hill, Kevin Williams, Yatil Green, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, Andre Johnson, Roscoe Parrish and Sinorice Moss.
The skinny: Nobody has delivered quite like the 'Canes at this position. Going back beyond 25 years, players like Eddie Brown and Michael Irvin set the stage for the true "Wide Receiver U." Five first-round picks and four second-rounders lead this group, highlighted by two of the best the NFL has seen in recent memory: Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson. At 35 years old, Santana Moss is still working to hold an NFL roster spot in Washington, where he's posted three of his four career 1,000-yard seasons.

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