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By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Southern Pigskin's top five pass catching units in the Sun Belt for 2018.

1. Troy: Senior Deondre Douglas is one of the most experienced wideouts in the country, boasting 129 career receptions and ten touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had a career-high eleven catches for 93 yards and two scores against eventual national champion Clemson. Damion Willis, 42 grabs for 620 yards, was an impact JUCO transfer last fall, while Tray Eafford showed big-play ability as a freshman. Now the Trojans add talented Traveon Samuel from Louisville, who had 57 career catches for the Cardinals.

2. Louisiana-Monroe: Nearly everyone who registered in the box score is back for 2018, most notably versatile star Marcus Green and big play threat RJ Turner. An All-American candidate as a return specialist, Green had four 100-yard games a season ago, including eight catches for 193 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas State and eight receptions for 106 yards at Florida State. Turner averaged 17.59 yards per grab, while D'Marius Gillespie averaged over 20. Depth, here, is notable.

3. Arkansas State: The trio of Justin McInnis, Omar Bayless and Kendrick Edwards, the latter formerly of Arkansas, combined for 119 receptions for 1,673 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017 and gives quarterback Justice Hansen a very good trio with which to work. McInnis ranked fifth in the Sun Belt with 800 yards. The Red Wolves will also introduce Dahu Green, a 6'5'' Oklahoma transfer with plenty of upside. 

4. Georgia State: Hart leads all of college football's active receivers with 2,281 yards and 17 touchdowns. In his two full seasons, Hart has recorded 71 catches for 1,099 eight scores and 74 catches for 1,121 and eight touchdowns. He is, without question, one of the best in the game and a huge difference-maker. Tamir Jones caught 33 passes as a freshman.  

5. Lousiana: The entire perimeter rotation is back, including the productive quintet of Ryheem Malone, Keenan Barnes, Ja'Marcus Bradley, Jarrod Jackson and the versatile Michael Jacquet. Malone is one of the Sun Belt's best, fresh off 44 grabs for 676 yards and four touchdowns. This group will help the transition of the new signal caller.