As the college football season continues to wind down more and more award committees will be releasing the finalist candidates. One such award is the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the top wide receiver in the nation. The finalist are Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Sammy Watkins of Clemson and our very own Mike Evans.
Through 11 games this season Cooks has 110 receptions for 1,560 yards and 15 scores. If you look at those numbers as an average he is getting 10 receptions for 141.8 yards and 1.4 touchdowns. That is great production for a receiver at any level. This season he has exploded onto the scene. This season in each category has more production that his first two seasons combined.
Watkins, who is touted as the top wide receiver going into the NFL Draft,is having his second best season for Clemson. He has 78 receptions for 1,144 yards and 10 scores. His season long receptions is for 96 yards. He is a threat to take you deep every time he gets his hands on the ball. He is on pace to set career highs in each category with two games left.
Redshirt Sophomore Mike Evans is also having a spectacular season, much the reason he is a finalist for this list for the Biletnikoff Award. During his freshmen season Evans put up huge number with 82 receptions, 1,105 yards and five scores. While that is impressive his numbers this year are even better. He has become the go to guy for Johnny Manziel and this offense.
With his shear size, he is a matchup nightmare for any defensive back and defensive coordinator to try and limit his touches. With two games still to play he has 61 receptions for 1,314 yards and 12 touchdowns. What he is doing this year compared to last is he is able to get yards after the catch. He is impossible to bring down with one man alone, he increased his average yards per catch from 13.5 last year to 21.5 this year. He should be the favorite to win this award especially if he has two monster games left in him.
Notable Names Left Off:
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: 92 receptions for 1,157 yards and 6 TDs
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: 100 receptions for 1,213 and 19 TDs
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: 96 receptions for 1,209 and 5 Tds