Between the college and pro ranks, this year has delivered plenty of breathtaking catches from the gridiron. Here are the 10 best catches of 2013, presented in chronological order:
1. Maurice Harris
Berkeley, September 7 — California wide receiver Maurice Harris climbed the ladder to reel in this one-handed 10-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jared Goff. The second-quarter score — Harris’ only catch of the game — helped the Golden Bears retake a 24-20 lead over Portland State at Memorial Stadium.
The back-and-forth game ended with a 37-30 Cal victory.
2. Alonzo Russell
Mount Pleasant, September 21 — This spectacular one-handed touchdown grab by Toledo sophomore wideout Alonzo Russell gave the Rockets a 21-7 lead over Mid-American Conference-rival Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Russell managed to haul in the pass from quarterback Terrance Owens despite obvious pass interference by CMU cornerback Jason Wilson.
Toledo easily topped Central Michigan 38-17.
3. DeAndrew White
Tuscaloosa, October 5 — Alabama junior DeAndrew White exhibited laserlike focus and incredible athleticism by securing this acrobatic one-handed catch in the first quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 45-3 drubbing of Georgia State at Bryant–Denny Stadium.
4. Dez Bryant
Detroit, October 27 — Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant fought off two defenders to collect this five-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo against the Lions. Romo and Bryant were ultimately outdueled by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson in a 31-30 Detroit victory at Ford Field.
5. Robert Meachem
East Rutherford, November 3 — This remarkable reception by Saints wideout Robert Meachem serves as a reminder of why all football teams practice the tip drill. Meachem is initially unable to haul in the pass, batting it in the air and initiating a game of hot potato at MetLife Stadium. Although a pair of Jets defenders are able to get a hand on the ball, Meachem was ultimately able to wrangle it in with one hand in this zippy play.