Texas receivers Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson knocked out of contention for the Biletnikoff Award

Posted November 12th, 2018


Since the Biletnikoff Award began honoring the nation’s top receiver in 1994, no Longhorn has ever won the award. That trend will continue until at least 2019.

On Monday, neither Lil’Jordan Humphrey or Collin Johnson were among the 11 announced semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. Jordan Shipley, who was beaten in 2009 by Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, has been UT’s only finalist for the award.

Both Humphrey and Johnson were on the award’s watch list. Johnson missed last week’s game at Texas Tech with a knee injury, but he still has caught 50 footballs this year. Humphrey, though, was the more-notable omission.


Humphrey currently leads Texas in receptions (63), receiving yards (947) and touchdown catches (seven). This past weekend, Humphrey recorded his fourth 100-yard performance and lifted Texas to a win with a last-second touchdown catch. Texas coach Tom Herman said earlier this season that Humphrey showed “everybody what our culture is about” on a Sooner-dragging reception against Oklahoma.

How does Humphrey stack up against the other semifinalist?

Lil'Jordan vs. the Biletnikoff contenders

After helping lead Texas to a 7-3 record, how does Texas WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey (63 receptions, 947 yards, seven touchdowns) stack up against the 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award?
  ReceptionsYardsTouchdownsTeam Record
JJ Arcega-WhitesideStanford48754116-4
A.J. BrownOle Miss721,04755-5
Marquise BrownOklahoma5395689-1
N'Keal HarryArizona State6292896-4
Andy IsabellaUMass871,479114-7
Jerry JeudyAlabama459251010-0
Rondale MoorePurdue8290985-5
David Sills VWest Virginia49697128-1
John UrsuaHawaii791,161156-5
Tylan WallaceOklahoma State681,28295-5
Antoine WesleyTexas Tech781,34795-5

Texas fans have had a chance to contrast Humphrey with four of the semifinalists this season. Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown (nine catches, 131 yards, two touchdowns), West Virginia’s David Sills V (six catches, 97 yards, two touchdowns), Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace (10 catches, 222 yards, two touchdowns) and Texas Tech’s Antoine Wesley (eight catches, 171 yards, two touchdowns) all made statements against the Longhorns. Purdue freshman Rondale Moore, who once gave UT a verbal commitment, is also a semifinalist.