On Thursday, Texas senior Collin Johnson was placed on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award.
Since the first Biletnikoff Award was awarded to college football’s best receiver in 1994, no Longhorn has been the recipient. Jordan Shipley was a finalist in 2009.
In 13 games last season, the 6-6, 220-pound Johnson scored on seven of his 68 receptions. He also had 985 receiving yards, 177 of which were recorded in the Big 12 championship game. Those 177 yards were both a season-high for Johnson and a contest-record for the Big 12’s title tilt.
The Big 12 claimed seven of the 50 receivers on the Biletnikoff Award’s watch list. Earlier this month, Johnson was omitted from the conference’s preseason team. He was also left off the all-Big 12 team in 2018.
At the Big 12 media days on Tuesday, Johnson was asked if those omissions from the Big 12 were being used as motivation. Johnson, though, seemed unbothered. He even pointed out that last year’s all-conference team was released before the Big 12 championship contest and “I had a pretty good game.”
“I’m not going to go out there and say I deserve to be on this or that, but I do think I can compete with any receiver in the conference and any receiver in the nation,” said Johnson, whose 150 career catches rank ninth in UT’s record books. “I think I’m that caliber type of player. Just because I don’t talk about it doesn’t mean I don’t have the confidence. Come see me on the field and I’m going to show you, that’s kind of my mindset.”
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