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Top 10 Notre Dame wide receivers of all time
Michael Floyd had 100 catches during his senior season -- the most by any Notre Dame receiver in program history. (Credit: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Top 10 Notre Dame wide receivers of all time

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (BVM)– The University of Notre Dame doesn’t disappoint when it comes to wide receivers. There have been many All-Americans and first-round NFL Draft picks among the best in program history. Here are the top 10 Notre Dame wide receivers of all time. 

10. Chase Claypool, 2016-2019

The British Colombia native graduated from Notre Dame as seventh in career receptions with 150. His 13 touchdowns during his senior season in 2019 are the sixth most in a season by a Notre Dame player. In total, Claypool posted 150 receptions for 2,159 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

9. Jeff Samardzija, 2003-06

Samardzija is third all-time at Notre Dame in receptions with 179, receiving yards with 2,593 and receiving touchdowns with 27. In his 2005 season, he caught 77 passes for 1,249 yards. When he left Notre Dame, he held the program record for the most receiving touchdowns, which has since been passed. 

8. TJ Jones, 2010-2013

The Georgia native ended his college career as one of six wide receivers in school history with at least 150 receptions, 2,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. During his senior season, he became just the seventh Fighting Irish receiver to break 1,000 yards in a single season with 1,108 yards, 70 receptions and nine touchdowns. Jones is second in all-time career receptions at Notre Dame with 181. Along with those catches, he posted 2,429 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. 

7. Jim Seymour, 1966-1968

Seymour is the only Notre Dame wide receiver to earn All-American honors in each of his three seasons with the Fighting Irish. When he graduated in 1969, Seymour was Notre Dame’s all-time career-leading receiver with 138 catches for 2,113 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averaged more than 15 yards per catch. In 1966, as a sophomore, Seymour caught 13 passes for 276 yards in his first game against Purdue, which is still a Notre Dame record for the most yards by a wide receiver. 

6. Tom Gatewood, 1969-71

Even though Gatewood played during the era where passing was typically only on third down, he still was awarded All-American honors in 1970 for his stellar career. Gatewood set a long string of receiving records during his time with Notre Dame- many of which stood for 15 to 30 years. His record for 7.7 catches per game is still the Notre Dame record for a single season. All in all, Gatewood totaled 157 catches for 2,283 yards and 19 touchdowns. During his 1970 All-American season, he had 77 catches for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns. These numbers were single-season records for yards and receptions until 2005 and 2006, respectively. 

5. Tim Brown, 1984-87 

Brown was the first of two Notre Dame wide receivers to win the Heisman Trophy. He won it in 1987, after posting 39 catches, 846 yards and three touchdowns. Over the course of his career, Brown had 137 catches, 2,493 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. He also had 98 carries for 442 yards and four touchdowns. 

4. Raghib Ismail, 1988-90

The “Rocket” was a critical member of Lou Holtz’s 1988 national championship team, where he was not only a wide receiver, but an elite kick returner and runner as well. Ismail split his time between wide receiver, running back and kick returner, but was still a two-time All-American in 1989 and 1990. He is the only player in NCAA history to ever return two kickoffs for two touchdowns in a single game. His 22-yards-per-catch average is still a school record and Ismail is sixth all-time for all-purpose yards in Notre Dame history with 4,187 yards. He brought in 15 career touchdowns. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019. 

3. Golden Tate, 2007-09

Tate is tied for fifth in career receptions at Notre Dame with 157. He is also tied for second in career receiving yards with 2,707, and fourth in touchdowns with 26. Tate was named an All-American and a Biletnikoff Award winner for the nation’s best wide receiver during his 2009 season when he caught 93 receptions for 15 touchdowns and 1,496 yards. His 93 receptions and 15 touchdowns are the most in a single season by a Notre Dame wide receiver. When Tate left, he record 2,707 yards on 157 receptions and 26 touchdowns. 

2. Will Fuller, 2013-15

Fuller is tied for first in single-season touchdown receptions with 15, which he posted in 2014. In 2015, Fuller was a second-team All-American for catching 62 passes for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns. In total, he posted 144 catches for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. 

1. Michael Floyd, 2008-11

Based on stats alone, Floyd is the best wide receiver in Notre Dame history. He is first in career receptions with 271, first in receiving yards with 3,686, and first in receiving touchdowns with 37. He grabbed 100 catches during his senior season — the most by any Notre Dame receiver.