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Southern Pigskin's top five pass catching units in the ACC for 2018.

1. NC State: The big three of Kelvin Harmon, Jakobi Meyers and Stephon Louis combined for 169 receptions and 2,327 yards in 2017. Harmon, with 1,017 yards, became the Wolfpack's first 1,000-yard receiver since Jerricho Cotchery at the end of the Philip Rivers era. In two games against top 15 teams, Clemson and Notre Dame, Harmon had 15 receptions for 252 yards and a pair of scores. Meyers had 34 catches over the last five games of the season, including nine for 105 yards and a touchdown against the Tigers. Louis had three grabs for 115 yards in NC State's Sun Bowl win over Arizona State.

2. Louisville: Jaylen Smith is the ACC's second-leading returning receiver with 980 yards. A notable downfield playmaker, he averaged over 16 yards per catch last season, topping the 100-yard mark against Purdue, North Carolina, Boston College and against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Dez Fitzpatrick burst onto the scene last fall, tying for the national lead amongst freshmen wide receivers with nine touchdowns. Seth Dawkins, 42 catches for 642 yards, rounds out a really strong three-man rotation.

3. Clemson: Veteran Hunter Renfrow, of recent Clemson national championship fame, has 137 career receptions. He is one of the game's elite and is often at his best on the big stage; in three College Football Playoff games versus Alabama, Renfrow has 22 grabs and four touchdowns. Expectations are incredibly high for rising sophomore talent Tee Higgins, who debuted at over 20 yards per catch, and has star written all over him. Tight end Milan Richard had a productive sophomore season.

4. Wake Forest: Greg Dortch was a revelation as a newcomer, catching 53  passes for 722 yards and nine touchdowns, tied for the highest total by a freshman wide receiver in all of college football. Additionally, Scottie Washington averaged nearly 16 yards a grab and was dynamic in the Demon Deacons' wild Belk Bowl triumph over Texas A&M. There are productive options all down the depth chart.

5. Miami: When healthy, Ahmonn Richards is one of the best playmakers in the country. Two years ago, as a freshman, he topped the 900-yard mark. For his career, Richards averages roughly 19 yards per catch. There are multiple options on the perimeter, including the versatile Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Cager. Notably, Michael Irvin, Jr. is a name to watch to at tight end.