The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation has trimmed down the list of the nation’s top receivers to 10 semifinalists for this year’s Biletnikoff Award. The award doesn’t necessarily have to go to a wide receiver, but this year’s award will maintain that tradition with 10 semifinalists all playing the wide receiver position.
Among the semifinalists are the nation’s leading receiver, Colorado State’s Michael Gallup (1,298 yards), the nation’s leader in receiving touchdowns, West Virginia’s David Sills V (18 touchdowns), and the nation’s leader in receptions per game, SMU’s Trey Quinn (9.6 receptions per game). The semifinalist list also includes key players on conference contenders like Deontay Burnett of USC and James Washington of Oklahoma State.
A Big 12 receiver has won the award each of the past two seasons, so that may be good news for one of the three semifinalists from the Big 12 this season. Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook won the award a year ago, preceded by Baylor’s Corey Coleman in 2015.A Big 12 player has won the award a total of six times since 2007, with Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon each winning the award twice.
2017 Biletnikoff Semifinalists
- Darren Andrews, UCLA
- A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
- Deontay Burnett, USC
- Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
- Michael Gallup, Colorado State
- Steve Ishmael, Syracuse
- Anthony Miller, Memphis
- Trey Quinn, SMU
- David Sills, West Virginia
- James Washington, Oklahoma State
Apparently, SMU is the new home for wayward SEC football souls.
This past week, it was reported that former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn had moved on to SMU. Now, this weekend, Scout.com is reporting that former Arkansas running back Denzell Evans has also transferred into the SMU football program. Evans subsequently confirmed to the move to Rivals.com.
It was announced earlier this month that Evans had decided to transfer from the Razorbacks.
Evans will graduate from UA this month, making him eligible to play immediately in 2016. As an added bonus for his new program, Evans will actually have two years of eligibility left to use.
The past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Evans had played in 15 games for the Razorbacks. Evans rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries in his Razorbacks career; 48 of those yards and six of the carries came in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 31 win over UT-Martin this past season.
Evans, a three-star 2013 signee, scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Hogs’ spring game last month.
LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig will have two empty chairs is his new meeting room.
The program on Tuesday confirmed the departures of wide receivers Trey Quinn and Kevin Spears, a duo that caught five combined passes in 2015.
Quinn played consistently as a freshman in 2014 before two critical drops contributed to an overtime loss to Alabama; he caught only one pass for three yards the rest of that season and just five for 46 yards in 2015.
“There’s no bitterness to coach Miles and the entire staff,” a Quinn source told The Advocate. “It was not the ending that either side wanted.”
Reserve wideout Kevin Spears also received his release from the program. Spears played sparingly in three seasons as a Bayou Bengal.
Quinn, a junior, will seek to ply his craft at an FBS program after sitting out the ’16 season, while Spears will look for immediate eligibility with an FCS team.