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SEC by the numbers: Calvin Ridley aiming for another 1,000-yard season

Calvin Ridley national title game vs. Clemson
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The SEC has produced a number of star wide receivers, but the league has produced surprisingly few 1,000-yard receivers in its history.

Only 62 times has an SEC wide receiver finished the season with 1,000 yards in the league’s history. And just three times has one finished with at least 1,500 receiving yards.

Contrast that with SEC running backs: Two current SEC backs have rushed for 1,500 yards in a season, and it has been done 19 times in league history. As for 1,000-yard rushers, Auburn has 25 by itself.

Interestingly, four receivers hit the 1,000-yard mark last season, and 20 have done so this decade. Thus, almost a third of the SEC's 1,000-yard receivers in history have come in the past six seasons. Three of the four are back this season: Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, Alabama's Calvin Ridley and Mississippi State's Fred Ross. Ridley is trying to become the third Alabama player with two 1,000-yard seasons. Kirk is trying to become the second A&M player to reach that plateau twice, while Ross is trying to become the first Bulldogs player to get to 1,000 twice.

Every SEC team has had at least one 1,000-yard receiver in its history; Florida has had the most with 10 and Georgia the fewest with one. (It's not A.J. Green, either.)

In the SEC West, every team has had a 1,000-yard guy in the past four seasons except for Auburn, which hasn't had a receiver reach the benchmark since Ronney Daniels in 1999. In the East, every team has had a 1,000-yard receiver in the past five seasons except Florida and Georgia; neither has had one since 2002.

Two of the three 1,500-yard seasons have come this decade. The best season, though, came in 2001. That's when LSU's Josh Reed became the SEC's first receiver to eclipse the mark when he finished with 1,740 yards.

Here's a closer look at the receivers.

Alabama

Amari Cooper 2014 CFP semifinal

Amari Cooper set Alabama's single-season receiving record in 2014. CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Calvin Ridley in 2015, 1,045 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: Amari Cooper in 2014, 1,727 yards
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 7
Best season: Cooper in 2014

Arkansas

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Cobi Hamilton in 2012, 1,335 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 3
Best season: Hamilton in 2012

Auburn

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Ronney Daniels in 1999, 1,068 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 2
Best season: Daniels in 1999

Florida

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Taylor Jacobs in 2002, 1,088 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 10
Best season: Travis McGriff in 1998, 1,357 yards

Georgia

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Terrence Edwards in 2002, 1,004 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 1
Best season: Edwards in 2002

Kentucky

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Randall Cobb in 2010, 1,017 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 5
Best season: Craig Yeast in 1998, 1,311 yards

LSU

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Jarvis Landry in 2013, 1,193 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: Josh Reed in 2001, 1,740 yards
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 7
Best season: Reed in 2001

Mississippi State

Fred Ross in 2015

Fred Ross was second in the SEC in receptions (88) last season, and is aiming to become the first Mississippi State receiver with two 1,000-yard seasons. CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Fred Ross in 2015, 1,007 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 2
Best season: Mardye McDole in 1978, 1,035 yards

Missouri

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Bud Sasser in 2014, 1,003 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: Danario Alexander in 2009, 1,781 yards (Mizzou was in Big 12 in '09)
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 7
Best season: Alexander in 2009

Ole Miss

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Laquon Treadwell in 2015, 1,153 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 2
Best season: Treadwell in 2015

South Carolina

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Pharoh Cooper in 2014, 1,136 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: Alshon Jeffery in 2010, 1,517 yards
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 5
Best season: Jeffery in 2010

Tennessee

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Justin Hunter in 2012, 1,083 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 8
Best season: Robert Meachem in 2006, 1,298 yards

Texas A&M

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Christian Kirk in 2015, 1,009 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 5
Best season: Mike Evans in 2013, 1,394 yards

Vanderbilt

Last 1,000-yard receiver: Jordan Matthews in 2013, 1,477 yards
Last 1,500-yard receiver: None
All-time 1,000-yard receivers: 6
Best season: Matthews in 2013

The top 10 single-season yardage totals in SEC history

1. Josh Reed, LSU – 1,740 yards, 2001
2. Amari Cooper, Alabama – 1,727 yards, 2014
3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – 1,577 yards, 2010
4. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt – 1,477 yards, 2013
5. Mike Evans, Texas A&M – 1,394 yards, 2013
6. Travis McGriff, Florida – 1,357 yards, 1998
7. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas – 1,335 yards, 2012
8. Carlos Alvarez, Florida – 1,329 yards, 1969
9. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt – 1,323 yards, 2012
10. Craig Yeast, Kentucky – 1,311 yards, 1998
(NOTE: Reed's yardage in 2001 ranks 16th in NCAA single-season history.)

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