No Texas Longhorn has ever won the Biletnikoff Award, and it does not appear that Devin Duvernay will be the first.
The 12 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award were announced on Monday. Duvernay, a Texas senior, did not make the cut. The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the nation’s top receiver.
Through 10 games, Duvernay has recorded 87 receptions, 1,017 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. Nationally, he ranks behind only SMU’s James Proche in receptions (88) and receptions per game (8.8). He is also one of 11 players with 1,000 receiving yards this year.
Devin Duvernay vs. the Biletnikoff semifinalists
|Omar Bayless||Arkansas State||73||1,262||14||6-4|
|Isaiah Hodgins||Oregon State||73||1,021||13||5-5|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||USC||82||1,118||9||7-4|
|Sage Surratt||Wake Forest||66||1,001||11||7-3|
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Texas coach Tom Herman said he was shocked when he first heard about Duvernay’s snub. Herman noted that while Duvernay ranks behind Proche, he is ahead of the Power Five pack in catches. Herman also argued that Duvernay leads the nation in broken tackles and receptions on third down.
“That’s a shame,” Herman said. “I don’t know what the criteria is, then. I’m going to have to call whoever the committee that deals with the Biletnikoff and say, what does a guy need to do to get on that list, at least a semi-finalist.”
Texas (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) will travel to Baylor (9-1, 6-1) on Saturday afternoon. Baylor is allowing 219.0 passing yards per game, which is the nation’s 57th-best average. Rice’s Brad Rozner and Texas Tech’s RJ Turner are the only players to record 100 receiving yards against the Bears.
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