After his record-breaking performance against Cal last Thursday, USC Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholor was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best receiver.
In his first year as the number one receiver for the team, the Tampa native has shown why he will probably enter the NFL Draft in 2015 and be a first or second round draft pick. Agholor ranks in the top 10 nationally in each of the four major receiving categories: receptions - 82 (fifth), receiving yards - 1,079 (eighth), touchdowns - 10 (ninth), and receiving yards per game - 107.9 (10th).
Nelson Agholor has been on fire in his past four games as he has 40 receptions for 674 yards and six touchdowns. In the Trojans' victory over Washington State, Agholor had a career high 220 receiving yards and a touchdown, but also added a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
His game against California was video-game like: eight catches for 120 yards and touchdown in the first quarter as the Golden Bears had no-answer for slowing down the junior. He finished the game with 16 receptions (one short of Robert Woods' school record) for 216 yards and two touchdowns and became the first receiver in school history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.
The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced on ESPN on December 11. If Agholor is a finalist, he will earn a trip back to his home state as the ceremony is being hosted in Tallahassee, Florida.
If Nelson Agholor wins, he will be the second Trojan to win the award after Marqise Lee won the award in 2012. Oregon State's Brandin Cooks won the award last season.