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Mid-season Biletnikoff check: Who’s leading the pack?

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Last season, USC’s Marqise Lee won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s finest wide receiver, beating out quality players such as Terrance Williams of Baylor, Stedman Bailey of West Virginia, DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson, Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas and Austin Hill of Arizona.

With this year halfway over, we’ve got another fine group of receivers vying for the award. Here are the top five candidates for the Biletnikoff at the mid-season point:

1. Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State — If the Biletnikoff was handed out today, Cooks would probably run away with it. Through six games, the junior already has 63 catches for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s caught at least two touchdown passes in five of his outings this year. He’s on pace to challenge the NCAA record for most receiving yards in a season (2,060) set by Trevor Insley of Nevada in 1999. Can he keep it up? With the meat of OSU’s schedule approaching, it’s going to be tough. Barring a collapse on his part, though, he has to be considered the heavy favorite to win his school’s second Biletnikoff, with Mike Haas being the other in 2005.

2. Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor — After catching a combined 19 passes his first two seasons, Goodley has burst onto the scene this year, emerging as the main deep threat in Baylor’s explosive offense. Goodley has 26 catches for 679 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging an incredible 26 yards per reception. The junior leads the nation with five receptions of 60 yards or more and has two of 70 or more. With his combination of speed and strength, he’s looking like a potential high NFL draft pick next spring.

3. Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M — We all saw the way Evans dominated against No. 1 Alabama, catching seven passes for 279 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run late in the game. ┬áThe 6-5 sophomore is Johnny Manziel’s No. 1 target, with 32 receptions for 737 yards and five touchdowns and a 23 yards-per-catch average so far.

4. Jared Abbredaris, Sr., Wisconsin — Abbredaris has an amazing knack for getting open and has become the heart and soul of the Badgers offense. His resume this year includes a 10-catch, 207-yard effort against Ohio State. On the season, he’s got 35 catches for 646 yards and five touchdowns.

5. Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado — Richardson has overcome a knee injury to become one of the best receivers in the country. He’s perhaps the lone bright spot on what is shaping up to be another dismal Colorado team. On the season, he has 35 catches for 660 yards and five touchdowns. He’s slowed down a bit after opening the year with two 200-yard receiving games.

Honorable mention: Jeremy Johnson, SMU; Tevin Reese, Baylor; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt; Jaelen Strong, Arizona State; Odell Beckham, LSU.

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10 Responses to “Mid-season Biletnikoff check: Who’s leading the pack?”
  1. anison2 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:51 PM

    This list is laughable. Ever hear of Allen Robinson?

  2. bigdinla says: Oct 13, 2013 8:08 PM

    No, who is he ?

  3. suprmous says: Oct 13, 2013 8:15 PM

    My heart tells me Odell’s got a good shot but my head’s tellin me Mike Evans of A&M has a better shot. Don’t know any of the other guys involved but just know the latter 2 and Good Gawd what they represent’s scary.

  4. unclemoobaa1911 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:31 PM

    How could you not mention Allen Robinson from PSU? That dude is a beast.

  5. wingslax35 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:55 PM

    The list is laughable. Robinson won’t win it due to the vendetta the NCAA has against Penn State.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM

    Hey PSU. Quit molesting children.

  7. suprmous says: Oct 13, 2013 10:04 PM

    Don’t count out the SEC’s representives, they’re pretty damned good in their own right. You guys are just plain prejusticed and warped and of course biased.

  8. eagles512 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:55 PM

    Robinson should definitely be top 3-4

  9. bstras2809 says: Oct 14, 2013 7:31 AM

    Yeah not sure how to have a list without Sammy Watkins…

  10. beedubyatoo says: Oct 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    Abbredaris is among the best as he is a top receiver on a top 5 running team.

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