USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is receiving some serious postseason award attention for his amazing 2019 season. The senior was named as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award, an award given to the most outstanding receiver regardless of position.
Pittman Jr. recognition is a well warranted one. He is currently putting together a great senior season and has been the Trojans most consistent receiver. Pittman is currently 7th in the nation in receiving yards with 1,118 with a team leading 82 receptions and 9 touchdowns. He’s also averaging an outstanding 101.6 receiving yards per game with 13.6 yards per reception. Last Saturday the senior put on a clinic against Cal, hauling in 11 receptions 180 yards and one touchdown catch in the victory.
Pittman was already on the radar for the award. The senior was listed on the Biletnikoff award watch list before the season. His teammate Amon-Ra St. Brown was also on the pre-season watch list. It has been said that the Trojans wide receiving group is one of the best in the nation. With the air raid offense at USC helping to support that claim, Pittman standing out among that group is impressive itself.
Since it’s existence in 1994, only one USC wide receiver has won the award. Marquise Lee hoisted the Biletnikoff award during his explosive 2012 season. Pittman will look to become the second USC wide receiver to win the award. Robert Woods, Mike Williams, Dwayne Jarrett, and Keyshawn Johnson were finalist for the award. The three award finalist will be announced November 25th with the Biletnikoff award being presented during the Home Depot College Football awards that will air on ESPN, December 2nd.