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USC Football: Michael Pittman named Biletnikoff finalist

Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. name one of three finalist for the Biletnikoff award.

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USC senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had an outstanding 2019 season and now he will be recognized as one of the best in the nation. Pittman was named as one of three finalist for the Biletnikoff award. The award is given to the best receiver in the nation regardless of position.

Pittman was named a semifinalist for the award back on November 18th. Many have taken to the fan vote to support the senior receiver and it has payed off. Outside of that, Pittman has put together an outstanding season. He ended the 2019 regular season with 95 receptions, 1,222 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Pittman became the first Trojans wide receiver to catch for double digit touchdowns since Juju Smith-Schuster did it during the 2016 season. He also moved into a tie for 5th all-time for receptions in a single season at 95. Mike Williams also had 95 receptions during the 2003 season.

Against UCLA Pittman had 13 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns. What makes this season even more impressive is that he’s standing out amongst a group of talented wide receivers that is considered to be one of the best in the nation. His best game came in the Trojans 30-27 victory over No. 7 Utah where he single handedly manhandled the Utes secondary. Pittman ended the night with a career high 232 yards and 1 touchdown off 10 receptions. USC also had third string quarterback Matt Fink in the game which made the performance that much better for him. The senior receiver has been one of the Trojans more reliable and consistent players in the air raid this season.

Pittman was named a finalist along with Oklahoma’s Ceedee Lamb, and LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase. Both whom have also put together amazing seasons for their respective teams.

The senior now becomes 6th USC receiver to be named finalist for the Biletnikoff award joining Robert Woods, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams, and Dwayne Jarrett. However, Marqise Lee was the only receiver in program history to win the award back in 2012. Pittman will look to become the second USC wide receiver to win the award.