Best Returning ACC Receivers

Who are the best returning ACC receivers? We continue our look at the best-returning players for the 2024 season.

Who are the best-returning receivers in the ACC? The conference is returning an array of top-notch pass catchers for the 2024 season. Returning are three of the top five receivers from last season. The conference, however, lost some great talent that must be replaced. In 2023, Virginia’s Malik Washington led the way with 110 receptions and 1,426 yards with nine touchdowns. Louisville will be looking for a new playmaker with Jamari Thrash no longer on campus. Here at Last Word on College Football continue our look ahead to the season by breaking down the best returning ACC receivers.

Best Returning ACC Receivers

#4: Jordan Moore, Duke

2024 will be a season of change for the Blue Devils with new head coach Manny Diaz replacing Mike Elko. Also new with Duke will be the signal caller with the arrival of Maalik Murphy from Texas. What will not be different is the top target for whoever is throwing the football. Jordan Moore returns for his senior season. Moore led the team last season with 62 receptions and 835 yards. He was no stranger to the endzone with eight scores on the season. Moore closed out the 2023 regular season with back-to-back games with 100 yards or more. He hauled in three catches for 41 yards in the Birmingham Bowl win over the Troy Trojans to aid in the 17-10 victory.

#3: Jacolby George, Miami

A dark horse contender in the ACC could be the Miami Hurricanes due to all the offensive weapons that will be on the field. Senior Jacolby George was third in the conference last season with 864 yards along with 57 catches and eight touchdowns. Despite losing 27-20 against Florida State, George broke out with five catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. In the second game of the season, he found the endzone three times against Texas A&M in the 48-33 victory. George can be All-ACC at the end of the season and may not be the best receiver on the Hurricanes. (Spoiler: More on that later in this article.)

#2: Elic Ayomanor, Stanford

The ACC has three newcomers for the 2024 season in Cal, SMU, and Stanford. All have fantastic players that will garner notice this season, but Stanford receiver Elic Ayomanor is already a standout. Last season, Ayomanor was seventh in the Pac-12 with 1,013 yards. College football fans know how loaded that league was at the position, so placing seventh is a great accomplishment. He hauled in 62 receptions and found the endzone six times. What is more impressive is that Ayomanor did that on the team that won just three games last season. He had three games with 100 yards or more, but his biggest performance was in a double overtime win versus Colorado. Ayomanor caught 13 passes for 294 yards and found the endzone three times in the 46-43 victory.

#1: Xavier Restrepo, Miami

New Miami quarterback Cam Ward should be very excited about the receiver talent he has to work with this season. Having a receiver the caliber of George is great, but then there is Xavier Restrepo. He was second in the conference last season with 1,092 yards and 85 receptions. Those 85 catches were a school record for a program that has plenty of great receivers over the years. Restrepo had five games with 100 yards or more in 2023. His best performance was in a 38-31 loss to Louisville. In that game, Restrepo caught eight passes for 193 yards and one touchdown. He had two games with 10 or more catches too. He had 12 against Georgia Tech and 11 against North Carolina. Unfortunately, both of those games ended in losses. For Miami to take a big step up he will need to be one of the best returning ACC receivers.

 

 

Photo courtesy: Mark Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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