For any Wake fan that has not been living under a rock, it is patently clear that Chris Givens has been sensational this year. Not only does he have the most yards ever for a Wake Forest receiver through four games, he is on pace to destroy several Wake Forest season receiving records. He would also be in excellent position to set all sorts of career records next year for the Deacs.
I do not believe that Givens can keep up his pace so far (27 receptions for 498 yards and 4 TD's), but let's play along and see what that would work out to: 81 receptions, 1,494 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are astonishing, but I doubt he can maintain that pace as we hit the meat of our schedule. I don't think it would be out of the question that he could get around 70-75 receptions, and if he can keep up his pace of 14 yards per reception (which he accomplished his first two seasons), calculating his yards at 70 receptions (14*43), would give him 602 yards, which added to 498 equals 1,100 yards for the year. I believe he will get around 10 receiving TDs to accompany the catches as well.
These numbers are actually fairly conservative. In the next 8 games (excluding a potential bowl), that would give Givens 43 receptions for 602 yards and 6 TD's. That breaks down to approximately 5 receptions per game, and 75 yards a game (with under a touchdown in each game as well). Even with the conservative nature, Givens would break the single season receiving yards record for Wake Forest (Ricky Proehl-1,053 in 1989).
Here is a list at all the records that Givens could set this year and next year if he does a little better than the conservative numbers I laid out:
- Single season touchdowns (12), currently at 4
- Single season receiving average per catch (19.9), currently at 18.44
- Career receiving yards (2,949), currently at 1,641 (needs to average 65.4 yards for the next 20 games to do that...8 this year/12 next year)
- Career touchdowns (25), currently at 16.