Monday, November 12, 2012
Marqise Lee named Biletnikoff semifinalist
By Kevin Gemmell
The 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's top wide receiver, have been announced. The Pac-12 is represented by three players.
Here are the semifinalists in alphabetical order:
- Tavon Austin, West Virginia
- Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
- Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
- Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
- Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
- Austin Hill, Arizona
- DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
- Marqise Lee, Southern California
- Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
- Terrance Williams, Baylor
A little surprised to not see Oregon State's Markus Wheaton not on the list. Cooks has more yards and a higher average per game, but Wheaton has more catches and touchdowns. Either way, both have been spectacular for the Beavers and it's a great honor for Cooks, who has been one of this year's breakout players.
Like the selection of Hill. He's the only player besides Cooks and Lee who is averaging at least 100 receiving yards per game (Lee is significantly farther ahead of the other two, averaging 144.7 yards per). Lee leads the Pac-12 in every receiving category with 98 catches and 13 touchdowns. He also leads the nation in catches and receiving yards.