The Big East usually has one or two players with 1,000 yards receiving every season. When I spoke with West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, he mentioned he thought the Mountaineers could have two or three themselves, with the new offense Dana Holgorsen is bringing to Morgantown.
That certainly would be something. But what would be even more unique?
A receiver with 100 catches in the Big East. No receiver in league history has ever had 100 receptions in a season. Here is the list of single-season reception leaders, courtesy of the Big East media guide:
92: Larry Fitzgerald, Pitt, 2003
87: Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati, 2009
87: Kenny Britt, Rutgers, 2008
84: Dominick Goodman, Cincinnati, 2008
81: Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati, 2008
81: Tres Moses, Rutgers, 2004
79: Jon Baldwin, Pitt, 2009
75: Armon Binns, Cincinnati, 2010
75: Latef Grimm, Pitt, 1999
74: Zamir Cobb, Temple, 2004
72: Jock Sanders, West Virginia, 2009
71: Harry Douglas, Louisville, 2007
To be sure, reaching 100 receptions is still a rather rare feat. Only four receivers went over 100 catches last season: Ryan Broyles at Oklahoma (131), Greg Salas at Hawaii (119), Justin Blackmon at Oklahoma State (111) and Dwayne Harris at East Carolina (101). What could give West Virginia fans hope to reach this mark is Holgorsen.
Blackmon is on the list from last season, when Holgorsen was the offensive coordinator with the Cowboys. In three of the past four seasons, Holgorsen has coached a receiver with 100 catches or more. In 2007, he had two with more than 100 catches. Here are his receivers with 100-plus catches:
Blackmon, 111, 2010
James Cleveland, Houston, 104, 2009
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, 134, 2007
Danny Amendola, Texas Tech, 109, 2007