3. Shaquelle Evans And Chris Harper
Shaquelle Evans, UCLA
Quarterback questions may abound in parts of Los Angeles, but not in Westwood. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley returns with one of his top receiving weapons in Biletnikoff nominee Shaquelle Evans.
Hundley — a Davey O’Brien (top QB) Award nominee — and Evans connected for 877 yards and three touchdowns last season. With Joseph Fauria and his 637 yards and 12 touchdown catches off to the Detroit Lions, the redshirt senior Evans figures to become Hundley’s primary target. Evans has 1,247 career yards and five touchdowns in two seasons at UCLA and one at Notre Dame.
Chris Harper, Cal
Chris Harper debuted in 2012 and made an instant impact for the Golden Bears, finishing second on the team in receiving yards.
The sophomore is tasked with replacing the program’s all-time leading receptions leader (205 catches) in Keenan Allen, whom the San Diego Chargers drafted in the third round.
Behind Allen, Harper hauled in 544 yards through the air and found the end zone three times, once on the ground.
Harper has set himself up to be Cal’s primary receiver — a position that should suit him considering new head coach Sonny Dyke’s proclivity for offense. Look for Harper to excel in Dykes' new spread offense that’s been dubbed “Bear Raid.”
He’ll first have to rebound from December shoulder surgery, however, which kept him out of spring practice.