A Star In Wolfe's Clothing
Nov. 26, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Junior wide receiver Ryan Wolfe will head into his final season in 2009 as his school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and is squarely on target to finish among the best in college football history.
Wolfe, a native of Santa Clarita, Calif., tied Randy Gatewood's 1994 record of receptions in a season by finishing with 88 this fall. That put his three-year total at 209 - seven better than graduating teammate Casey Flair and 22 more than previous record-holder Damon Williams (1995-98).
His 1,040 yards in 12 games marked the first time since Gatewood in '94 that a Rebel reached the 1,000-yard mark. He now has 2,735 yards in 36 games played, which bested previous record-holder Earvin Johnson's 2,604 (2001-04).
Wolfe also posted five 100-yard receiving games this season, which pushed his career total to a UNLV-record 10, which is two more than anyone else in program history.
If no underclassmen in the group declare for the NFL Draft, the graduate of Hart High School would start his senior season as the third-leading active career receiver among FBS schools only behind Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (218) and Central Michigan's Bryan Anderson (216). Wolfe would also be fifth in the nation among active players in receiving yards.
In fact, if Wolfe just posts his three-year average of 69 receptions in 2009, his career total of 278 would currently rank 13th in the history of college football. Add on his per-year average of 911 yards and Wolfe's potential total of 3,648 would rank in the top 25 in history.