Clemson duo, USC’s Edwards on Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Clemson duo, USC’s Edwards on Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins makes a catch against Boston College Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Source: Clemson Athletics)

Clemson wide receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross and South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards are each on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award going to the best wide receiver in the country.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the season’s outstanding FBS receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

Higgins led the Tigers in receiving last season helping Clemson to a National Championship. His 52 catches, 802 yards and 10 touchdowns were all team highs. Ross, a sophomore, averaged over 20 yards per catch last year as he brought in 6 touchdowns off 34 receptions.

Edwards, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Conway, S.C., could finish his career at the top of all of the career receiving charts at South Carolina. He enters his final campaign ranked fifth in receptions (163), sixth in receiving yards (2,229) and tied for ninth in receiving touchdowns (16). A big target who possesses excellent size and hands, Edwards has appeared in 38 games, making 37 starts. He has a catch in every game in which he has appeared and has five 100-yard receiving games.

The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Receivers are frequently added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the College Football Hall of Fame on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7:00 - 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN.

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was a consensus All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.