Wolfe Clawing His Way To The Top
Oct. 28, 2009
LAS VEGAS - UNLV senior wide receiver Ryan Wolfe broke his school's career receptions record last season. He broke the Mountain West Conference record in the same category last weekend. Now, the native of Santa Clarita, Calif., is looking to become just the fifth man in college football history to reach the 300-catch mark.
Wolfe, who shattered San Diego State alum J.R. Tolver's seven-year-old league record of 262 by hauling in 11 passes for 118 yards in a win at New Mexico on Saturday, now has 270 catches to his name. That gaudy total not only makes him the nation's active leader but also tucked him comfortably into 15th place on the all-time NCAA FBS list. With just two grabs this week at No. 6 TCU, Wolfe would move up two more spots into a tie for 13th.
The All-America candidate, who currently stands fifth in the nation with an average of 7.62 receptions per game, acknowledged he was aware of breaking the MWC mark in Albuquerque.
"It's always good to have your name on the top of a list like that," Wolfe said this week. "It probably won't really sink in until I finish with these last games of my career but hopefully (the record) will be around a while."
UNLV head coach Mike Sanford is not shy in saying he believes his senior leader out of Hart High School is simply the best receiver in college football. If Wolfe can get 30 more grabs over the final third of the season, few could argue with the numbers.
Purdue's Taylor Stubblefied is the all-time catch king with 316 at Purdue from 2001-04. The only other players to reach 300 were Marshall's Josh Davis (306 from 2001-04), Texas Tech's Taurean Henderson (303 from 2002-05) and Louisville's Arnold Jackson (300 from 1997-2000).
Wolfe is also running toward the MWC receiving yards record. Currently sitting fourth in league history with 3,392, he needs 243 yards over the next four regular-season games to get past David Anderson's league mark of 3,634 compiled at Colorado State from 2002-05.
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