WR Cleveland earns No. 9 spot in countdown

No. 9: James Cleveland, WR, Houston

2009 numbers: In his first FBS season, Cleveland was third nationally in receptions per game and eighth in receiving yards per game and total receiving yards.

Making the case for Cleveland: Cleveland became quarterback Case Keenum's favorite target last season as he led the team with 104 catches for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had five games with at least 100 yards, but shined during the Conference USA title game with 19 catches for 241 yards and three scores. Cleveland’s effort was impressive because the Cougars had three receivers with 1,000 yards and two others with more than 500 yards. He should be a key part of the Cougars this year as they try to claim the BCS bowl that eluded them a year ago.