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ESPN Names College Football's No. 1 WR For 2020

LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase makes a catch against Georgia.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 07: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the LSU Tigers catches a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It remains to be seen if the 2020 college football season goes on as planned, but if it does, there will certainly be plenty of great players to get hyped about. One question will certainly burn throughout the season: Who will be the No. 1 wide receiver in college football?

Ahead of the upcoming season, ESPN did their ranking of the top 10 college football wide receivers for 2020. The list featured a variety of household names including stars from Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

But it was LSU wideout Ja'Marr Chase who took the top ranking. ESPN's writers explained that Chase's numbers were "staggering" for a true sophomore. He recorded an earth-shattering 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns, the latter two of which are LSU records.

Chase had three games in 2020 with over 220 receiving yards. No other LSU player has ever had more than one in their careers. To top it all off, Chase won the prestigious Biletnikoff Award and was a unanimous All-American.


Chase produced one of the best seasons PFF has ever seen as a true sophomore last year. Not only was he the most valuable wide receiver and second-most valuable non-quarterback in the FBS behind only his teammate, Derek Stingley Jr., but his season landed right behind Amari Cooper's 2014 season as the best we've seen by a wideout.

That's high praise for Chase, and it definitely makes him a player to keep a sharp eye on in 2020.

But one has to wonder if the inevitable changes we see in LSU's offense affecting Chase's production next season.

All-world QB Joe Burrow, passing game coordinator Joe Brady and No. 1 receiver Justin Jefferson are all gone. Replacing them will be Myles Brennan, Scott Linehan and Chase respectively.

The LSU offense will be a very different animal next year. Will Chase continue to star in it?