Thursday, July 7, 2011
Big 12 lands 11 on Biletnikoff watch list
By David Ubben
The Biletnikoff Award, given annually to college football's top receiver, has released its preseason watch list, and there's a whole lot of Big 12 on the 75-man list.
Eleven receivers, to be exact. Here's who made the cut:
- Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
- Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
- Josh Cooper, Oklahoma State
- Mike Davis, Texas
- Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
- T.J. Moe, Missouri
- Daymond Patterson, Kansas
- Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
- Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
- Alexander Torres, Texas Tech
- Kendall Wright, Baylor
I'd say it's pretty obvious that Blackmon, defending his award in 2011, is the favorite entering the season. But Broyles and Fuller are strong candidates to be finalists and both could win the award.
As for the list itself, it's a decent reflection of the league's top 10 receivers. I might have added Baylor's Josh Gordon to the list, and I was surprised to see Patterson earn the preseason designation, but both should be due for boosts in production this year.
Other than that? A solid list.
The Big 12's eleven spots are second only to the SEC, which had 12.
Blackmon became the Big 12's third winner in four years after Michael Crabtree won the award in 2007 and 2008. Could we see another repeat? Crabtree was the only other player to do it since the award's inception in 1994. He's also the only other winner in Big 12 history.
Even if Blackmon doesn't repeat, it's a good bet that the Big 12 will bring home a fourth Biletnikoff Award this December.
South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery and Arkansas' Greg Childs are a couple of other contenders, but it should be a great year for receivers in the Big 12.