The Mountain West featured one of the top wide receivers in the country last year. But he’s not the only one at his position who is set to thrive in the conference.
Here’s a ranking of the best Mountain West wideouts.
Best Mountain West Wide Receivers, Ranked
|1||Tory Horton||Colorado State|
|2||Terrell Vaughn||Utah State|
|4||Justin Lockhart||San Jose State|
|5||Latrell Caples||Boise State|
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1. Tory Horton, Colorado State
Horton was 10th in the country last season with 94.2 receiving yards per game.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound upcoming senior caught 71 passes for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022 en route to first-team All-Mountain West honors. He was also an all-conference honorable mention punt returner as he returned 11 punts for 171 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown.
Horton transferred to Colorado State, but he isn’t new to the conference. He played in 21 games in two seasons at Nevada, catching 72 passes for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns during that time.
Horton will surely be fantastic again in 2023.
2. Terrell Vaughn, Utah State
Vaughn’s first season at Utah State last year was an impressive one.
Before Utah State, he set Ventura (California) Junior College’s career record with 149 receptions which led to 1,715 yards and 20 touchdowns. Then the 5-7, 170-pound senior continued that success in the Mountain West.
Vaughn totaled 624 yards and five touchdowns on 56 catches in 2022. He added 503 yards on 19 kick returns, including a 100-yard touchdown, as well as 72 yards and a touchdown on 13 rushing attempts.
Vaughn is a versatile playmaker who should stand out again this season.
3. Ricky White, UNLV
In 2022, White showed why he began his collegiate career in the Big Ten.
In 2020 as a true freshman at Michigan State, White caught 10 passes for 223 yards in four games. Then he redshirted in 2021 and transferred to UNLV before the 2022 season.
And last year was White’s best yet. He was top 10 in the conference with 619 yards and 51 receptions while adding four touchdowns through the air.
The 6-1, 190-pound junior will likely be even better in 2023.
4. Justin Lockhart, San Jose State
Lockhart, another former Nevada wideout, also began excelling with a new Mountain West team.
The 6-3, 194-pound junior played for the Wolf Pack from 2019 to 2021. During that time, he recorded 744 yards and four touchdowns on 67 receptions while tallying 470 yards and 35 receptions in his third season there.
Then last season, Lockhart had another good year after transferring to SJSU. He was in the top 15 in the league with 36 receptions and 578 yards to go with one touchdown through the air.
Lockhart has the potential to make the all-conference first team this year.
5. Latrell Caples, Boise State
Even in Boise State’s run-first offense, Caples was a difference-maker in 2022.
The 6-1, 190-pound redshirt junior redshirted at Boise State in 2020. A year later, he caught just four passes for 56 yards in six games.
Then Caples earned the role as the Broncos’ go-to receiver last year. He was in the top 12 in the Mountain West for receptions (51), receiving yards (549), and receiving touchdowns (four). He also returned nine punts for 60 yards.
Caples should only continue developing his skills heading into the 2023 season.