In 2023, the Sun Belt will be loaded with high-flying offenses. Which means wide receivers will have their opportunities to shine.
Here’s a ranking of the best wideouts in the Sun Belt.
Best Sun Belt Receivers, Ranked
|1||Sam Pinckney||Coastal Carolina|
|2||Khaleb Hood||Georgia Southern|
|4||Devin Voisin||South Alabama|
|5||Jared Brown||Coastal Carolina|
1. Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina
In 2022, Pinckney led wide receivers in the Sun Belt in receiving yards who are returning in 2023.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior tallied 996 yards, which was third in the conference, to go with 71 receptions, which was second, and three touchdowns. That helped him earn All-Sun Belt third-team honors.
Before going to Coastal Carolina, Pinckney played at Georgia State. While he was limited by injury in 2021, he was on the All-Sun Belt second team in 2020 after ranking in the top five in the league in receiving yards per game (81.5) and catches per game (4.7) to go with seven touchdowns, which was one away from the school record.
With three-time Sun Belt Player of the Year Grayson McCall back at quarterback, Pinckney and the Chanticleers should have an exciting season.
2. Khaleb Hood, Georgia Southern
Hood was the only receiver in the conference to record more catches than Pinckney.
Hood, a 5-10, 180-pound fifth-year player, tallied 87 receptions for 925 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. This helped him earn second-team all-conference accolades.
Hood was also on the all-conference honorable mention list a season prior. For his career at Georgia Southern, he has totaled 1,744 yards and five touchdowns on 151 catches.
There’s no reason to believe Hood won’t be exceptional once again in 2023.
3. Tyrone Howell, ULM
Howell has played at several different levels, and he seems to be playing his best at Louisiana-Monroe after earning a place on the All-Sun Belt second team in 2022.
Before going to ULM, Howell caught just seven passes for 98 yards in 2021 at Kansas State. That was after stints at the JUCO and Division II levels.
The 6-2, 202-pound graduate student saw immediate success after transferring from K-State. He caught 50 passes for 852 yards and six touchdowns, ranking eighth in the league with 17 yards per catch.
Expect Howell to have another great season.
4. Devin Voisin, South Alabama
Voisin wasn’t that involved in South Alabama’s offense until last year. But he maximized his opportunities in 2022.
From 2019-21, Voisin caught just two passes for six yards. His only other stats he recorded were on special teams.
Then the 6-foot, 190-pound senior had a breakout season in 2022. He was fifth in the league with 64 catches and seventh with 871 yards while adding eight touchdowns en route to making the all-conference honorable mention list.
Voisin might be on the all-conference first or second team in 2023 if he continues to improve at the rate he has.
5. Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina
Brown was among the best wide receivers in the league last year. And that was as a freshman.
After redshirting in 2021, Brown thrived in his role in Coastal Carolina’s passing offense. He was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2022.
The 6-foot, 185-pound redshirt sophomore totaled 810 yards and six touchdowns on 49 catches. His 16.1 yards-per-catch average was 11th in the Sun Belt.
Brown should continue making considerable progress this early in his career. If he does, the Chanticleers’ offense will be even more problematic for the rest of the league in 2023.