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August 8, 2007
? MORE: RIVALS FIVE: UP FOR GRABS
The intent of this story was to salute the backup receivers who have made reliable catches while playing in the shadows of better-known wideouts.
Accordingly, our list of the top 10 backup receivers includes a reserve who made a critical play in Nebraska's come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M last year. It features a guy from South Florida who has delivered against top-notch competition. And it also mentions a receiver from North Carolina who caught 11 passes against Rutgers last season.
Our attempts to reward backups with solid track records kept us from including any of the talented but unproven reserve receivers from Florida. Southern California's uncertain depth chart made it too dificult to determine which of the Trojans' highly touted receivers would fail to win a starting job.
But this list still features a little more star power than we expected.
A couple of schools made interesting decisions with their preseason depth charts that left their best-known receivers fighting for their jobs. Most readers probably never expected the top two guys on this list to be mentioned as backup receivers.
In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if those wideouts play their way off this list by the start of the season.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.