Average Size of College Football Wide Receivers

Average Size of College Football Wide Receivers (Height & Weight)

I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always loved doing was going through and checking out the sizes of the other teams in our conference.

It helped give me (and our staff) an idea of how we stacked up against our competition. It also could be used as motivation with our team both during the season and, often, during the following off-season.

So, this is essentially the same research I’ve always done, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took starting depth charts for each team in the FBS (over 3000 players) going into the 2023 season and broke them down by position.

For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the almost 400 starting Wide Receivers* across college football. In addition, I broke down the sizes of wide receivers by conference, teams and individual players.

Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.

Average Height of a College Football WR

The average height of a College Football Wide Receiver is 72.76 inches (6’0 3/4″).

Height of College Football Wide Receivers 2023

Average Weight of a College Football WR

The average weight of a College Football Wide Receiver is 193.26 pounds.

Weight of College Football Wide Receivers 2023

Want to see how college football wide receivers compare with the size of NFL Wide Receivers? Good news, I’ve also run the numbers on the guys at the next level.

Which Conference Has the Tallest Wide Receivers?

ConferenceAvg Height (Inches)
Big 1273.11
Big 1073.10
Pac 1272.67
Mountain West72.56
Sun Belt72.16
Conference USA72.04

Which Conference Has the Heaviest Wide Receivers?

ConferenceAvg Weight
Big 12197.23
Big 10196.61
Conference USA191.79
Mountain West191.11
Sun Belt189.63
Pac 12187.28

Which Teams Have the Tallest Wide Receivers in College Football?

TeamAvg Height (Inches)Conference
Stanford75.5Pac 12
Cincinnati75Big 12
Florida State75ACC
Kansas74.67Big 12
7 Teams Tied74.33

I feel the need to add a little context to this table. Most teams (probably over 90%) list 3 “starting” wide receivers in their depth charts. However, the 3 tallest wide receiver units above list either two (Syracuse, Stanford) or one (Army) starting receiver.

Which Teams Have the Heaviest Wide Receivers in College Football?

TeamAvg WeightConference
South Carolina207.67SEC
Air Force207.5Mountain West
TCU206.67Big 12
Texas Tech206.25Big 12
Notre Dame205.67Ind
Ohio State205Big 10

Who Are the Tallest Wide Receivers in College Football?

There are 13 FBS Wide Receivers listed at 6’5″, but only 4 are listed at taller than 6’5″. Here are the 4:

Johnny Wilson6’7″237Florida State
Damien Alford6’6″210Syracuse
D’Wan Mathis6’6″210Temple
Noah Thomas6’6″200Texas A&M

Who Are the Shortest?

On the opposite end of the height scale, there are 9 guys listed at 5’8″, but only 4 listed at 5’7″. Don’t let height fool you though, 3 of these guys have had seasons of 600+ yards receiving

Erik Brooks5’7″171Fresno State
Terrell Vaughn5’7″175Utah State
Smoke Harris5’7″183Louisiana Tech
Tyrin Smith5’7″170UTEP

Who are the Heaviest Wide Receivers in College Football?

I go over a lot of the flaws in the data/numbers contained within this article. Another ‘flaw’ that I want to mention here is that in modern college football, positions can be blurred.

There are quite a few hybrid Wide Receiver/Tight Ends in both College Football and the NFL nowadays – and you may notice one or two here. I simply tried to use how they were listed on the official rosters.

With all that being said, here are the 6 wideouts listed at 225 or more:

Jeremy Tate Jr6’5″249Middle Tennessee
Johnny Wilson6’7″237Florida State
Adam Randall6’2″230Clemson
Jacoby Jones6’3″228Ohio
Xavier Legette6’3″227South Carolina
Savion Williams6’5″225TCU

Who are the Lightest?

There are 5 receivers listed at under 165 pounds.

Tez Johnson5’10”150Oregon
Silas Bolden5’8″153Oregon State
DJ England-Chisolm5’8″155Middle Tennessee
Malik Rutherford5’9″155Georgia Tech
Anthony Gould5’8″160Oregon State

Important Notes

As a former sports scientist, I tend to take data pretty seriously so I must stress that these ‘averages’ should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Why do I say that?

There are multiple issues that can make all the data in this article flawed.

First and foremost, it’s pretty commonplace in athletics to lie about heights and weights. I once worked at a school where it was standard procedure to add an inch and 5 to 10 pounds to almost every player on the roster.


The best answer that I was ever given is that it could potentially help with NFL scouting. However, I can’t imagine in 2023 that anyone is fooling an NFL scout with the size listed in a program. I think the real answer is it’s just part of the culture in sports.

*I used the heights and weights of all the projected starters leading into Week 0. Whether it’s through injury or performance, starters can and will change throughout the season.

In fact, it took me a week to gather all these numbers and by the time I was done I would bet that there were dozens of starting positions that had already changed hands.

And, if a couple of 6’5″ 220-pound players are swapped out with a couple of 5’9″ 170-pound players, the sample size is small enough that this could drastically affect the overall averages.

Finally, I can tell you for a fact that players’ weights can fluctuate pretty wildly from week to week and sometimes even day to day and, especially, over the course of a season.

Just because a guy weighed 205 on the first day of camp when weights were put in the program, does not mean that’s what he weighs Week 8.

So, have fun with the data above, but this is just a reminder to not take the numbers too seriously.

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