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Baylor's Corey Coleman leads top five deep threats in CFB

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Baylor's Corey Coleman is one of the most explosive athletes in college football.

TCU's thrilling win over Texas Tech last weekend was fueled, in large part, by the combination of star receiver Josh Doctson and Heisman-contending QB Trevone Boykin. Doctson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound transfer from Wyoming, caught 18 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in the 55-52 shootout.

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Heck, even the game-winning score hit Doctson's outstretched hand before coming to rest in running back Aaron Green's willing arms.

Doctson's production is no surprise -- he covered more than 1,000 yards and 11 scores last season for the Horned Frogs, and is leading the FBS in receiving yards (with 593) through four weeks this year.

However, the senior's 16.9-yards-per-catch average isn't anywhere near the top among FBS players with 200 or more receiving yards. That means there are some serious deep threats in college football that are waiting to be discovered by NFL scouts.

These are the top five big-play receivers, each with a higher yards-per-catch average than Doctson this season, that will join him in stretching NFL defenses over the next couple of years.

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1. Corey Coleman, Baylor, junior: The departure of quarterback Bryce Petty to the NFL doesn't appear to be hindering Coleman's ability to make plays down the field. In fact, Coleman is averaging more than 27 yards per catch with junior Seth Russell running Art Briles' offense, compared to his "measly" 17.5-yards-per-catch average from last season. He already has eight touchdowns on the season after scoring 11 times in 10 games as a sophomore. Obviously, the Bears' schedule of SMU, Lamar, and Rice is nothing to be scared of, but I wouldn't count on him slowing down when the Big 12 schedule begins.

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2. Will Fuller, Notre Dame, junior: If the Fighting Irish make the College Football Playoff, one of the most important plays of the year will be Fuller's last-second 39-yard touchdown to beat Virginia in Charlottesville. He's following up his breakout sophomore season (76 catches, 1,094 yards, 15 TDs) with another excellent campaign (454 yards, 20.6 yards per catch, six scores), again in the face of quarterback uncertainty. If the slight receiver (listed at 6-0, 184) can add hands consistency to his quickness and ability to get behind the secondary -- watch out.

3. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, junior: Reynolds hasn't been targeted by talented Aggie quarterback Kyle Allen as often as he could be due to the team's young receiver depth in Christian Kirk and Ricky Seals-Jones. Arkansas found out the hard way, however, that the tall, lanky junior (6-4, 195) doesn't need many chances in order to make an impact. His three catches covered 106 yards, setting up two of the team's four scores on Saturday. Even if he doesn't match the 13 touchdowns he scored last season because of the surrounding talent, his ability to stride down the seam and make moves after the catch to break off big chunks of yardage is still evident.

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4. Chris Moore, Cincinnati, senior: Even with starting quarterback Gunner Kiel out of the game for the Bearcats last week vs. Memphis, Moore showed up to play with 153 yards on just five catches. His yards-per-catch average this season (21) is actually lower than his 22.4 mark from 2014 (the top figure for any returning player in the FBS), when he proved to NFL scouts that he can take the top off of any defense. He'll be someone to watch as a surprise standout at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

5. Cody Core, Ole Miss, senior: Though Core made a contribution to the Rebels' offense last season, Alabama found out two weeks ago that he's ready to be a big-time playmaker. He's scored a touchdown in each of the team's first three games, including a 73-yard score against the Crimson Tide in a huge victory. With Chad Kelly throwing darts to Core and stud receiver Laquon Treadwell, this could be a very special season for Ole Miss.

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.



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