Jennings and Sills Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Jennings And Sills Named To Biletnikoff Award Watch List


West Virginia University senior receivers Gary Jennings and David Sills, a 2018 Biletnikoff Award finalist, have been named to the 2018 Biletnikoff Preseason Award Watch List, as announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, annually recognizes the outstanding FBS receiver.

David Sills

Sills 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, 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.

Gary Jennings

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.”

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The 2018 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List

(Other receivers will be added as their season performances dictate)

NAME, SCHOOL
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Tyre Brady, Marshall
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Trevon Brown, East Carolina
Ryan Davis, Auburn
Greg Dortch, Wake Forest
Terren Encalade, Tulane
Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville
James Gardner, Miami-Ohio
Jonathan Giles, LSU
Marcus Green, ULM
Jalen Guyton, North Texas
Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Justin Hall, Ball State
Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Penny Hart, Georgia State
Justin Hobbs, Tulsa
Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
Gary Jennings, West Virginia
Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
Collin Johnson, Texas
Diontae Johnson, Toledo
KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
Michael Lawrence, North Texas
Ty Lee, Middle Tennessee
McLane Mannix, Nevada
Scott Miller, Bowling Green
Denzel Mims, Baylor
Stanley Morgan, Nebraska
Kanawai Noa, California
James Proche, SMU
T.J. Rahming, Duke
Ahmmon Richards, Miami
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
David Sills, West Virginia
Steven Sims, Kansas
Jaylen Smith, Louisville
Kwadarrius Smith, Akron
JD Spielman, Nebraska
Cody Thompson, Toledo
John Ursua, Hawaii
Teddy Veal, Louisiana Tech
Jamarius Way, South Alabama
Nick Westbrook, Indiana
Vic Wharton, California
Malcolm Williams, Coastal Carolina
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia