The Biletnikoff Award, given annually to college football's best receiver, has released its preseason watch list. Eight players from the Big 12 cracked the list. Here they are:
Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Josh Boyce, TCU
Mike Davis, Texas
Tevin Reese, Baylor
Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Eric Ward, Texas Tech
Terrance Williams, Baylor
It's an OK list, but how does the award include Texas' Mike Davis and not Jaxon Shipley? Shipley's the better player now, and will be in the future. That's a shame. Neither is a real contender for the award this year, so I don't know if it's fair to consider Shipley a snub as much as Davis a surprising addition. If you include one, you've got to include the other. That, or neither.
Other than that snub complaint every other player on the list certainly deserved their spot.
The Big 12 was loaded at receiver last season, and could have swept the list of three finalists, but Big 12 receiving champ was snubbed in favor of USC's Robert Woods and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, who led the league in receiving before tearing his ACL.
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon became the second player ever and second from the Big 12 (Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, 2007-08) to win the award in two consecutive seasons.