4 Greatest Wide Receivers in LSU History

Michael Clayton ranks as one of LSU's best all-time receivers.
Michael Clayton ranks as one of LSU's best all-time receivers. / Harry How/Getty Images

LSU is the defending College Football Playoff National Champion after a record-setting 2019-20 season led by Joe Burrow. However, the LSU football program's success spans much further back than last year, winning multiple national titles in the Tigers' storied history.

To have that top of success, you must have great players. On offense LSU has had some of the nation's top receivers come through Baton Rouge. Keeping in mind the following are ranked based on achievement in college, let's take a look at three of the best wide receivers in LSU history.

4. Michael Clayton (2001-03)

Michael Clayton has the fourth-most career receiving yards (2,582) in school history, plus the second-most receptions (182), and fifth-most receiving touchdowns (21). His 78 receptions and 1,079 receiving yards in 2003, rank fifth and eighth in single-season school history, respectively. He reached these totals in only three years as a Tiger.

3. Wendell Davis (1984-87)

Wendell Davis spent his full four years at LSU and made the most of them. He is the school's all-time reception leader (183), ranks No. 2 in career receiving yards (2,708) and tied with Devery Henderson for No. 7 in career receiving touchdowns (19). Two of Davis' seasons rank in the top 10 for single-season receptions and yards in LSU history as well.

2. Ja'Marr Chase (2018-Present)

While an initial reaction to seeing someone with only two years under his belt as a current player may seem like somewhat of a recency bias, Ja'Marr Chase achieved more in a single season last year than a great many of LSU WRs have over the course of their entire careers. Chase set LSU's single-season records for most receiving yards (1,780) and receiving TDs (20) in the 2019 season, while hauling in the third-most single-season receptions (84) in LSU history as well. In just two seasons at Baton Rouge, Chase already sits only three receiving TDs behind Dwayne Bowe's four-year total of 26 for the most all-time. Chase also won the 2019 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding receiver, making Chase and Josh Reed the only two Tigers to earn this distinction.

1. Josh Reed (1999-2001)

Josh Reed is LSU's all-time leader in career receiving yards (3,001) and he did it in just three seasons of play. He ranks fourth all-time in career receptions (167) and before Justin Jefferson came along in 2019, his record for most receptions in one season (94) had stood at the No.1 spot since 2001. The same can be said for his single-season receiving yards record, which was broken in 2019 by Ja'Marr Chase. Reed also ranks No. 10 all-time in career receiving touchdowns, with 17.

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