The revealing of college football’s preseason watch lists continued on Wednesday with the Biletnikoff award.
Presented to the top wide receiver in college football by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, this year’s list is headlined by Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins.
Higgins was a finalist for last year’s award along with top-10 2015 NFL draft picks Amari Cooper and Kevin White. As only a true sophomore, Higgins registered 96 catches for 1,750 yard and 17 touchdowns. His yardage and touchdowns were best among receivers in 2015 and his 18.2 yards/reception was also the top mark in the game.
As a junior, Higgins will have to adjust to a new quarterback in Fort Collins as former signal caller Garrett Grayson was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by New Orleans. It will be interesting to see if he can keep producing at such a high level without one of the best quarterbacks in program history.
Aside from Higgins, the list also features notables like South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper and Notre Dame’s William Fuller.
In addition, there’s a striking number of small school prospects with Air Force, Tulsa, UMass and UNLV all being featured in the 48-man field.
Seven schools have two representatives on the list, those being Baylor, Bowling Green, Clemson, Louisiana Monroe, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan. Among some noticeably absent programs are Alabama, Florida State, Missouri, and Georgia.
It’s certainly interesting to think about how two players from Louisiana Monroe made the top-receiver-in-football watch list while nobody from Alabama did, but it’s important to remember that these lists aren’t set in stone and, frankly, mean next to nothing. Players will be added and dropped as the season progresses, and the noticeably absent programs will likely make appearances.
Past winners of the Biletnikoff Award include Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Amari Cooper, Justin Blackmon and Michael Crabtree.
For those interested, here’s the full list courtesy of LSUsports.net:
Victor Bolden, Oregon State, Jr.
Devonte Boyd, UNLV, So.
Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan, Jr.
Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green, Sr.
KD Cannon, Baylor, So.
Leonte Carroo, Rutgers, Sr.
Rashon Ceaser, ULM, Sr.
Corey Coleman, Baylor, Jr.
Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, Sr.
River Cracraft, Washington State, Jr.
Jared Dangerfield, Western Kentucky, Sr.
Corey Davis, Western Michigan, Jr.
Josh Doctson, TCU, Sr.
Travin Dural, LSU, Jr.
Alex Erickson, Wisconsin, Sr.
William Fuller, Notre Dame, Jr.
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, Sr.
DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State, So.
Donovan Harden, Georgia State, Sr.
Carlos Harris, North Texas, Jr.
Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, Jr.
Ajalen Holley, ULM, Jr.
Cayleb Jones, Arizona, Jr.
Corey Jones, Toledo, Jr.
Isaiah Jones, East Carolina, Jr.
Marcus Kemp, Hawaii, So.
Roger Lewis, Bowling Green, So.
Keevan Lucas, Tulsa, Jr.
Byron Marshall, Oregon, Sr.
Mitch Mathews, BYU, Sr.
Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State, Jr.
Jordan Payton, UCLA, Sr.
Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, Jr.
Jalen Robinette, Air Force, So.
Demarcus Robinson, Florida, Jr.
Alonzo Russell, Toledo, Sr.
Artavis Scott, Clemson, So.
Hunter Sharp, Utah State, Sr.
Tajae Sharpe, Massachusetts, Sr.
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma, Sr.
Thomas Sperbeck, Boise State, Jr.
Nelson Spruce, Colorado, Sr.
Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky, Jr.
Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech, Jr.
Michael Thomas, Ohio State, Jr.
Shaq Washington, Cincinnati, Sr.
Mike Williams, Clemson, Jr.
Ron Willoughby, Buffalo, Jr.
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