MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University senior receivers Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V, a 2018 Biletnikoff Award finalist, has been named to the 2018 Biletnikoff Preseason Award Watch List, today, as announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., a Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, annually recognizes the outstanding FBS receiver.
Sills V is the only returning Biletnikoff Award finalist from 2018. He has been named to several 2018 preseason All-America teams, was an All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2017 after finishing with 60 catches for 980 yards and tied for the nation’s lead with 18 touchdowns.
Jennings Jr., a 2018 All-Big 12 Conference Preseason Second Team honoree, led the Mountaineers with 97 catches for 1,096 yards and a touchdown. The 2017 All-Big 12 Second Team selection is one of nine WVU players in history to collect 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season and was fifth on the school’s single-season receptions list.
Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back or 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 recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted.
Receivers are periodically added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
The transparently detailed and explicit criteria for candidate eligibility, watch list inclusion and voting appear at:BiletnikoffAward.com/criteria
The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 6, 2018, on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7-9 p.m. (EST) on ESPN. College and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff will announce the 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show.
The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is nearly uniformly consistent. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper and Larry Fitzgerald.
The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by college and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff and keynoter & 1993 Lombardi Award and Jim Parker Award winner Aaron Taylor before 550 patrons at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The banquet was hailed by 2014 keynote speaker Dick Vermeil, as well as by 2013 keynoter Larry Csonka, as “the best banquet in college sports.”
The 2018 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List
(Other receivers will be added as their season performances dictate)
|A.J. Brown||Ole Miss|
|Trevon Brown||East Carolina|
|Greg Dortch||Wake Forest|
|Jalen Guyton||North Texas|
|Justin Hall||Ball State|
|Kelvin Harmon||North Carolina State|
|N’Keal Harry||Arizona State|
|Penny Hart||Georgia State|
|Gary Jennings, Jr.||West Virginia|
|KeeSean Johnson||Fresno State|
|Michael Lawrence||North Texas|
|Ty Lee||Middle Tennessee|
|Scott Miller||Bowling Green|
|Stanley Morgan, Jr.||Nebraska|
|Deebo Samuel||South Carolina|
|David Sills, V||West Virginia|
|Steven Sims, Jr.||Kansas|
|Teddy Veal||Louisiana Tech|
|Jamarius Way||South Alabama|
|Vic Wharton, III||California|
|Malcolm Williams||Coastal Carolina|
Press Release Credit: WVU Sports Communications
Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS