Post-spring position unit reviews: Pac-12 North receivers

Spring practice has come and gone. So we're taking a look at each team's position groups and projecting them as being in either "Great shape," "Good shape" or "We'll see." Remember that the last category isn't necessarily bad. It means what it says ... we'll see.

Up next are the Pac-12 North division's wide receivers.


Oregon: Dwayne Stanford and Darren Carrington will provide veteran experience and leadership with a group that's overflowing with talent (especially considering Charles Nelson and Dylan Kane switched to wide receiver from defensive back this spring). Freshman Dillon Mitchell was the star of the spring game as he brought in seven catches for two touchdowns and 104 yards. Tight ends Johnny Mundt and Pharaoh Brown also looked good as pass catchers in the spring game. Oh yeah, Devon Allen -- who has a decent chance to represent the U.S. in the Olympics this year -- is back, too. The Ducks' wide receiver stable might be the toast of the conference this year.

Washington State: It'll be surprising if Gabe Marks (15 touchdowns, 104 receptions, 1,192 yards) doesn't repeat as the conference leader in receptions in 2016 considering Luke Falk is back and their chemistry has only gotten better. River Cracraft (four touchdowns, 53 receptions, 615 yards), who finished sixth in the Pac-12 in receptions per game, is also back and is joined by young talent like Tavares Martin and Kaleb Fossum, who impressed in spring ball. The Washington State wide receiver corral looks to be even more impressive in 2016.


Oregon State: Victor Bolden (three touchdowns, 46 catches, 461 yards), Hunter Jarmon (one touchdown, 16 catches, 177 yards) and Jordan Villamin (five touchdowns, 43 catches, 660 yards) -- three of the top four receivers from 2015 -- are back, but it was Villamin who stole the show at the Beavers' spring game. He scored two touchdowns on just four catches (both TD passes came from quarterback Darell Garretson). Paul Lucas will be a good weapon for Oregon State in the pass game as will tight end Noah Togiai, who tallied seven catches and 107 yards in the spring game.

Stanford: The Cardinal return leading receiver Christian McCaffrey (five touchdowns, 45 catches, 645 yards) as well as top true receiver Michael Rector (seven touchdowns, 34 catches, 559 yards). In the same non-receiver receiving duties as McCaffrey is Bryce Love, who will contribute in the pass game this season. Look for Francis Owusu and Trenton Irwin to pick up the slack and keep an eye on JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who could make big plays for the Cardinal.

Washington: The Huskies were thrilled to get John Ross back and he appears to be even stronger than he was before his injury. Though Brayden Lenius and Isaiah Renfro missed time during the spring, they should be good to go by the fall and be major contributors. Because Lenius and Renfro missed time this spring, Chico McClatcher was able to pick up extra reps and he might've had the most impressive spring of any Washington wide receiver. With the return of Jake Browning, this group is in good shape heading into 2016.


Cal: Melquise Stovall, who recorded two touchdowns and 128 receiver yards on just seven catches, was the star of the Bears' spring game. Jordan Duncan, Jordan Veasy, Chad Hansen and Vic Wharton all looked good in the pass game, too. In all, 16 players caught catches for Cal in the spring game, but even so, it's not quite enough to move the Bears up into the "good shape" category. There are just too many questions swirling around this group (and the quarterback) in order to feel too solid quite yet. Things can change during the summer and this group has potential to be strong, but right now it remains to be seen.