2018 Biletnikoff Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S MOST OUTSTANDING RECEIVER

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the 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.

The award’s namesake Oakland Raiders WR Fred Biletnikoff #25 in action 11/30/69.
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

JERRY JEUDY, WR, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Jeudy was simply the best wide receiver in the nation.

Sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver with 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has caught 63 passes, each of those going for an average of 18.6 yards. His longest reception went for 81-yards.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Florida native is averaging 84.8 receiving yards per game. He broke 100 yards in four of Alabama’s 13 games, with a season-high 147 yards versus Missouri. He had 136 against Ole Miss, 135 against Arkansas and 103 against LSU.

LSU defensive back Greedy Williams could only compare covering Jeudy to covering former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who was the Atlanta Falcons’ first-round draft pick earlier this year.

“He’s jukey,” Williams said. “He’s one of those guys that can juke left, right and forward. He’s analog. They call him analog. He’s a different kind of guy when it comes to that style of play.”

Said Georgia defensive back DeAndre Baker of Jeudy: “Guys like that, you can’t really shut them down. You got to just slow them down.”

The only other Alabama player to have even won the honor is Amari Cooper, and he did so back in 2014.

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The 2018 Biletnikoff Award finalists included:

  • UMass – WR Andy Isabella, senior
  • Alabama – WR Jerry Jeudy, sophomore
  • Oklahoma State – WR Tylan Wallace, sophomore

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