Dede Westbrook was awarded the Biletnikoff Award Thursday night. The award is given annual for the premier wide receiver in college football, and it is the first time a Sooner has won the award.
Westbrook exploded onto the college football scene in 2016. The Oklahoma Sooners’ primary concern going into this season was the replacement of current New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. Westbrook started the year slow, hampered by a hamstring injury over the first three games of the year — a stretch that saw him not reach the end zone once.
From October, Westbrook lit the world on fire. Registering 16 touchdown catches — an Oklahoma school record for a single season — 1,465 yards on 74 catches. Westbrook was the leading receiver in the Big 12 in catches, touchdowns and yards. He was in the top five nationally in touchdowns and yards.
Of Oklahoma’s final nine games, Westbrook reached over 100 yards receiving in eight, as well as two 200 yard performances. Westbrook had two games of three touchdown catches against Texas and Kansas State.
Westbrook will also be in New York City as a Heisman finalist along with teammate and quarterback Baker Mayfield.