You might have guessed it before we even got to the summer time — but now it’s official: Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns each have been placed on the Biletnikoff Award Watch list. The Biletnikoff Award is handed out to the nation’s top receiver at the FBS level, regardless of position.
St. Brown and Vaughns are each capable of winning the award and each deserving of their spot on the list.
Vaughns brought down 74 catches for 912 yards and six scores a season ago while St. Brown racked up 77 catches for 1,042 yards and six touchdowns himself. They both did this with now Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. seeing 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns.
It’s almost a guarantee that each of these two current USC Trojans receivers see an uptick in targets and as such, will see an uptick in production in terms of numbers.
The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State Seminoles WR Fred Biletnikoff and is handed out annually to the nation’s top pass-catcher. It’s voted on by the National Selection Committee, prominent college football journalists, commentators, former receivers and is handed out by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation during the Home Depot Awards ceremony in December as well as at an awards dinner in February.
Players on the award watch list are considered favorites to win the award but players who see an increase in production and influence during the season can be added all the same.
Congratulations, Amon-Ra and Tyler! Fight On!
On a personal note, and as a voter for the Biletnikoff Award, I truly can’t wait for this season to unfold and get to watch St. Brown & Vaughns (among many others) compete for the Biletnikoff Award this past season.
Side bar as well — I voted for Michael Pittman as second a season ago because let’s face it, no one was really beating Ja’Marr Chase with Joe Burrow throwing his way.