Call this a wide-open year in College Football: More than ever, offenses will be taking to the skies in '87, and yes, a wideout is as good a bet as anyone to win the Heisman in a wide-open race. Across the nation, from the giants of Division I-A to the cozy campuses of Division III, there is a marvelous collection of fleet and savvy receivers. Eleven of last year's top 20 pass catchers are returning, and a slew of others are waiting in the wings. That the college game will be up for grabs is grand news for all those fans who think the autumn air is best filled with falling leaves and spiraling passes. The air-raid record most in danger is last year's 2.2 touchdown tosses per game. Also vulnerable is the 1985 mark of 372.2 passing yards per game. Now, if you strong-armed quarterbacks will just crank 'em up, there's an army of guys with great hands, hearts and moves ready to haul 'em in.
JOHN STOFA: REACHING FOR ANOTHER BOWL FOR MIAMI OF OHIO
AT RIGHT, FLORIDA STATE HOPES TERRY ANTHONY'S REACH WON'T EXCEED HIS GRASP AGAINST MIAMI THIS YEAR, EITHER
SENIOR J.D. BROOKHART IS ONE OF THREE RAM-TOUGH WEAPONS IN COLORADO STATE'S WIDE-OPEN ATTACK
HUSKY BRIAN SLATER IS THE PRIME TARGET FOR HEISMAN ASPIRANT CHRIS CHANDLER
GUY LIGGINS CORRALLED 68 MIKE PEREZ PASSES LAST YEAR FOR SAN JOSE STATE
BRETT PERRIMAN IS ONE OF THREE MIAMI GAME-BREAKERS
OKLAHOMA'S KEITH JACKSON IS BIG—6'3", 242 POUNDS—AND HE AVERAGED A GAUDY 28.8 YARDS PER CATCH IN '86