Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman hauled in two more touchdown catches during Baylor’s road victory over Kansas State, bringing his season total to 20. If he continues his current rate of production, he’ll end up with 30. That’s before the Bears play a bowl game — and without the benefit of a non-existent Big 12 title game. That’d be three better than the current FBS record of 27, set by Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards in 1998.
It’d also be 10 times more touchdown catches than Notre Dame’s Tim Brown had in his Heisman Trophy-winning 1987 campaign.
Brown caught 39 passes for 846 yards that year. His campaign was buoyed by three kick-return touchdowns and the fact he was wearing a Notre Dame helmet while playing.
Brown and Desmond Howard (1991) are the only wide receivers to ever win college football’s most prized individual award. Since Howard’s win, only four have finished in the top three, including Amari Cooper last year.
Getting an invitation to New York has been difficult for wide receivers despite the game’s evolution to become more pass-oriented. The ball gets spread around to more targets and numbers can be seen as inflated. Playing in an offense like Baylor’s obviously works to Coleman’s advantage but it’s hard to ignore what he’s doing. In a different, Leonard Fournette-less year, he could be the Heisman favorite.
As it is, it would seem as if he’s done enough to earn serious consideration.
No matter the era or level, 20 scoring grabs in eight games jumps off the page.