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Monday, November 21, 2011
Woods named a Biletnikoff finalist

By Pedro Moura

USC receiver Robert Woods was named one of three finalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Monday.

Woods, a sophomore, was nominated alongside Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles. Because Broyles is out for the season and has been since last month, it would appear Woods' primary competition is Blackmon.

But Blackmon won the award as a sophomore last season and is considered the favorite again this time around.

Woods' numbers have tapered off in the second half of the season as he has coped with nagging ankle and shoulder injuries, but he's still going to finish with quite the season. In 11 games, he has 99 catches for 1,179 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The last USC receiver who was named a Biletnikoff finalist was Dwayne Jarrett in 2005; Oregon State's Mike Hass won that year.