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    2013 Biletnikoff Watch List Includes 14 SEC Receivers

    Tallahassee, FL -The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, has released the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Pre-season Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. The award recipient is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of over 200 prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. Receivers may be added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. According to TQC Foundation Chairman Ritchie Pickron, “Given the significant number of outstanding college receivers playing in the 2013 season, the race for the Biletnikoff Award is wide open.”
     
    The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2013, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from 7:00 – 9:00pm on ESPN.
     
    Chairman Pickron announced that the Biletnikoff Award winner will receive his trophy, the most beautiful in college sports, before 600 patrons at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The banquet was hailed by 2013 keynote speaker Larry Csonka as “the best banquet in college sports.” Coaching great Dick Vermeil will deliver the 2014 banquet’s keynote address (following a tradition of distinguished keynoters like Bart Starr, Larry Csonka, Steve Largent, Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Archie Manning, and Dan Fouts) and recognize the Foundation’s fifteen scholarship recipients who will receive from the Foundation well over $750,000 in college scholarships. The Foundation’s charitable mission is to provide college scholarships to North Florida high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels.
     
    The banquet, considered the best in college sports, will be live streamed on ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, giving fans a destination that delivers thousands of live sports events annually, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is available at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video connection from an affiliated service provider. ESPN3 is currently available in 83 million homes. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
     
    The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 18, 2013, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 25, 2013. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, please consult the Foundation website at www.biletnikoffaward.com.
     
    The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-Pro receiver with the Oakland Raiders and an All-America receiver at Florida State University. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994. Seventeen college receivers have won the award, including Marqise Lee, Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald. Foundation Selection Committee Co-Chairman and Founding Trustee Walter Manley, II, noted, “The 2013 Biletnikoff Award Pre-season Watch List contains one of the most talented fields in the award’s history, consistent with the escalating importance of the passing game in college football.” Selection Committee Co-Chairman Mark Haney, who has helped comprise pre-season watch lists for over a decade, commented: “Receiver has become the glamour position in college offenses; the great athletes are gravitating to receiver which means the ranks of excellent college receivers continue to grow.”
     
    2013 Biletnikoff Award Pre-season Watch List (listed in alphabetical order)
     
    Player                                    School                   Year
    Jared Abbrederis                 Wisconsin             SR
    Davante Adams                   Fresno State         SO
    Nelson Agholor                    USC                       SO
    Alex Amidon                         Boston College    SR
    Odell Beckham, Jr.              LSU                        JR
    Kenny Bell                            Nebraska              JR
    Michael Bennett                   Georgia                 JR
    Chris Boyd                            Vanderbilt             JR
    Corey Brown                        Ohio State             SR
    Aaron Burbridge                  Michigan State     SO
    Damiere Byrd                       South Carolina     JR
    Michael Campanaro           Wake Forest         SR
    Brandon Carter                    TCU                        JR
    Brandon Coleman              Rutgers                  JR
    Brandin Cooks                     Oregon State        JR
    Amari Cooper                      Alabama               SO
    Jamison Crowder                Duke                      JR
    DaVaris Daniels                  Notre Dame          JR
    Quinshad Davis                   North Carolina     SO
    Mike Davis                            Texas                     SR
    Titus Davis                            Central Michigan JR
    Stefon Diggs                        Maryland               SO
    Phillip Dorsett                       Miami                     JR
    William Dukes                      FAU                        JR
    Quinton Dunbar                   Florida                   SO
    Bruce Ellington                    South Carolina     JR
    Mike Evans                           Texas A&M           SO
    Shaquelle Evans                 UCLA                     SR
    Austin Franklin                     New Mexico StateJR
    Jeremy Gallon                     Michigan               SR
    Keyarris Garrett                    Tulsa                      JR
    Ryan Grant                            Tulane                   SR
    Rashad Green                      FSU                        JR
    Dorial Green-Beckham      Missouri                 SO
    Deontay Greenberry           Houston                 SO
    Noel Grigsby                        San Jose State     SR
    Je’Ron Hamm                      Louisiana-MonroeSR
    Justin Hardy                         East Carolina       JR
    Chris Harper                         California              SO
    Robert Herron                      Wyoming               SR
    Cody Hoffman                     BYU                        SR
    Josh Huff                              Oregon                  SR
    T.J. Jones                              Notre Dame          SR
    Cody Latimer                       Indiana                  JR
    Marqise Lee                         USC                       JR
    Jordan Leslie                       UTEP                     JR
    Jordan Matthews                 Vanderbilt             SR
    J.D. McKissic                        Arkansas State     SO
    Trey Metoyer                        Oklahoma             SO
    Matt Miller                             Boise State           JR
    Malcolm Mitchell                 Georgia                 JR
    Donte Moncrief                    Ole Miss                JR
    Tracy Moore                         Oklahoma State   SR
    Alex Neutz                            Buffalo                   JR
    Kevin Norwood                    Alabama               SR
    DeVante Parker                   Louisville               JR
    Charone Peake                   Clemson               JR
    Bernard Reedy                     Toledo                   SR
    Tevin Reese                         Baylor                    SR
    Paul Richardson                  Colorado               JR
    Allen Robinson                    Penn State            JR
    Shaq Roland                        South Carolina     SO
    Alonzo Russell                     Toledo                   SO
    Jalen Saunders                   Oklahoma             SR
    Jaxon Shipley                      Texas                     JR
    Tommy Shuler                     Marshall                SO
    Devin Smith                          Ohio State             JR
    Willie Snead                         Ball State               JR
    Josh Stewart                         Oklahoma State   JR
    Devin Street                          Pittsburgh              JR
    Eric Thomas                         Troy                        SR
    Jordan Thompson               West Virginia        FR
    Eric Ward                              Texas Tech           SR
    Sammy Watkins                  Clemson               JR
    Brandon Wimberly              Nevada                  SR