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4 Greatest Wide Receivers in Michigan History

David Kaestle
Braylon Edwards is arguably the best receiver in Michigan history.
Braylon Edwards is arguably the best receiver in Michigan history. / Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images
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The Michigan Wolverines are among the top of college football's most elite and storied programs, and you don't get a seat at that kind of table without earning it over sustained periods of success. With more wins than any other football program in FBS history (962), the third-highest all-time winning percentage (.729) and having spent more than 860 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP Top-25 Poll, it's safe to say that Michigan has.

With that in mind, let's take a look at four of the greatest wide receivers in Michigan history.

4. Mario Manningham (2005-07)

While Manningham doesn't top the charts in too many categories at Michigan, what puts him on this list is how high he ranks in just three years of play. Manningham is sixth all-time in career receiving yards at Michigan, and his 2007 season where he racked up 1,174 receiving yards is the third-best season in that metric in school history. He is fourth in career touchdowns and caught 12 touchdowns in that 2007 season, which ranks sixth all-time at Michigan.

3. Anthony Carter (1979-82)

Anthony Cater's name is near the top of a number of Michigan record books. He has the second-most career receiving yards (3,076), the second-most career receiving touchdowns (37) and fifth in receptions (161). Though he never won the Heisman Trophy like another name to come on this list, Carter did finish in the top-10 Heisman voting results in each season from 1980-82.

2. Desmond Howard (1989-91)

Desmond Howard is not only the single Wolverine on this list with a Heisman Trophy to his name, he is also one of just three Heisman winners that played WR in college football history. Howard's 1991 Heisman campaign is best remembered in a single moment by "The Pose," but don't let overshadow his program-record 19 receiving TDs that season. Howard's 32 career receiving TDs are also third all time, and he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records by the his time in Ann Arbor was all said and done.

1. Braylon Edwards (2001-04)

This is a pretty easy case for number one here. Braylon Edwards is the Michigan career all-time leader in receptions by a mile (252; 76 more than anyone else), receiving yards (3,541) and receiving touchdowns (39). He has the full triple crown there. Additionally, three of his four seasons ranked in the top-10 for single-season receiving yards, including the No. 2 spot in 2004, falling just 43 yards short of the record. The same can be said for his reception totals, in which three of his four seasons land in the school's all-time top-10 marks in that category as well. He was dominant for nearly his entire tenure in Ann Arbor.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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