Commentary: The best University of Utah wide receivers over the last 35 years (16 items)
By Jay Yeomans
For the Deseret News
The University of Utah football team has always had great depth when it comes to the wide receiver position — great route runners who seemingly caught every ball that was thrown their way. Wide-outs with great speed and athleticism who made more than their fair share of defensive backs look foolish have been anything but rare at Utah.
This is the list of the best of the best wide receivers on the hill over the last 35 years, no matter how they got it done.
Note: Only what a player did on the field as a Ute was taken into consideration. Their junior college and NFL statistics were not a factor when ranking each player. Each player’s stats also include bowl games.
1 of 16. 15. Henry Lusk
Lusk spent four seasons at Utah and played all over the field. During his time on the hill, Lusk caught 130 passes for 1,947 yards and 13 touchdowns.
His best season came in 1993, when he caught 48 passes for 832 yards and six scores. Those numbers placed him in the top 10 of the WAC in four categories.
2 of 16. 14. Deron Claiborne
Claiborne spent two seasons catching passes at Utah and placed second in yards receiving each year. For his career, Claiborne caught 108 passes for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns.
His best season came in 1993 when he had 63 receptions for 743 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers placed him in the top 10 of the WAC in each category.
3 of 16. 13. Rocky Henry
Henry spent two season catching passes at Utah and was one of Mike Fouts’ favorite targets. For his career, Henry caught 103 passes for 1,438 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Henry’s best season came in 1995 when he caught 55 balls for 866 yards and six scores, which placed him in the top six in the WAC in all three categories.
4 of 16. 12. Danny Huey
Huey spent two years on the hill and led the Utes' in receptions, reception yards and touchdown catches during his last year. For his career, Huey caught 93 passes for 1,438 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Huey’s best season came in 1984 when he had 52 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers placed him sixth in the WAC in touchdowns, fourth in receptions and third in receiving yards.
5 of 16. 11. Daniel Jones
Jones played in two down seasons for Utah quarterbacks but still put up impressive numbers. During his career at Utah, he caught 98 passes for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jones’ best season came in 1998 when he led the WAC in receptions (57) and led the conference in receiving yards (809).