The Biletnikoff Award goes to the best receiver in the country, and the Big 12 has dominated the award as of late behind the conference’s pass-happy, spread offenses. Over the last 10 years, a Big 12 receiver has won six times, including the last three.
Last year, Oklahoma State’s James Washington brought home the hardware, while Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook and Baylor’s Corey Coleman won the award in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The Big 12 is also the only conference to have a player win the award in back-to-back years, and they’ve done it twice. Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree won the award in 2007 and 2008, and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon won the award in 2010 and 2011. There will not be a chance of a repeat this year, however, as Washington has moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Big 12 Receivers On The Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Marquise Brown – OU
Gary Jennings Jr – WVU
Collin Johnson – UT
CeeDee Lamb – OU
Denzel Mims – BU
David Sills V – WVU
Steven Sims Jr – KU
The Sooners and the Mountaineers were the only Big 12 school to have two receivers named, but that might not be a good thing as they will have to compete with each other for targets.
Last year, “Hollywood” Brown couldn’t be contained in the second half of the season as teams found it difficult to account for his speed. Of the Big 12 receivers named, Brown finished with the second highest yard total. Jennings edged him out by just a yard — Jennings with 1,096 yards and Brown with 1,095 yards — but Brown had 40 fewer receptions and easily finished with the highest average yards per reception at 19.2 yards.
The only other receiver to go over a thousand yards last season was Mims with 1,087 yards.
Opposite Brown last season, was Lamb. Lamb finished 807 yards on 46 receptions, and both Brown and Lamb finished with seven touchdowns a piece.
Last season though, they had Baker Mayfield throwing to them. This season, the Sooners are breaking in a new quarterback. Will Brown and Lamb’s production suffer? Only time will tell.
The other duo on the list won’t have to worry about that problem. Jennings was clearly Will Grier’s favorite target as he finished with 97 receptions. The next highest on this list is Mims with 61 receptions last season.
Jennings may have been workhorse, but Sills got most of the glory. His 18 touchdowns last season is more than double anyone else on this list.
Every receiver on this list was obviously impressive last season, and have a jump on this year’s watch list. Should other receiver’s impress once the footballs start flying, we could see even more Big 12 names pop up on the watch list.