Biletnikof Award Finalists

How did Jack not make this list?

The 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award (top pass-catcher) are:

Jordan Addison, Pitt
David Bell, Purdue
Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Josh Downs, North Carolina
Drake London, USC
Chris Olave, Ohio State
A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky
Deven Thompkins, Utah State
Jameson Williams, Alabama

This is a travesty with no Jack on here!


6th in Receiving Yards
7th in Receiving Yards per Game
T-28th in Receptions per Game
T-6th in TDs

Defense Passing Yards allowed per Game:
CMU 122nd
Ball St 96th
OU 89th
EMU 76th
BUFF 62nd
Army 58th
Akr 55th
Minn 27th
UC 5th

Seems good on the stats but discounted for the strength of schedule

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61 catches, 1,098 yards, 18.0 avg, 8 TDs

51 catches, 708 yards, 13.9 avg, 11 TDs

Olave is only 57th in the country in receiving yards. Obviously Olave is the better pro prospect, but that’s not how college awards are supposed to be decided.


Why wasn’t Sloman a finalist for the Groza award 2 years ago, even though his FG percentages (from all distances) were all equal to or better than what Rodrigo Blankeship put up in 2019?

Same reason Sorenson isn’t considered for the Biletnikof.

There are players from Western Kentucky and Utah State on the Belitnikof finalist list so it’s not exclusively a P5 monopoly.

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Sure but the last non-power conference guy to win it was Troy Edwards from LA Tech in 1998. He started that season with 405 yards against Nebraska (with the Huskers coming off a share of the national title.) That is what it takes for a G5 player to force his way into serious consideration.