This season, Texas junior Collin Johnson will attempt to haul in passes and a big award.
On Thursday, Johnson was named on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. Texas is looking for its first winner of the Biletnikoff Award, although Jordan Shipley was a finalist in 2009. The Biletnikoff Award has been given annually to college football’s best receiver since 1994.
One season after Oklahoma State’s James Washington won the Biletnikoff Award, the honor’s watch list featured 50 names. Johnson was joined by West Virginia’s Gary Jennings, Jr., Kansas’ Steven Sims, Jr., Baylor’s Denzel Mims and CeeDee Lamb and Marquise Brown from Oklahoma. West Virginia senior David Sills V, who was a finalist for last year’s award, also made the cut.
The 6-6, 220-pound Johnson appeared in all 13 of UT’s games last season and he made nine starts. Johnson led the Longhorns in receptions (54) and receiving yards (765). He also caught two touchdown passes.
Johnson’s standout moment came in Texas’ 27-24 loss at USC on Sept. 16, 2017. In that double-overtime defeat, Johnson turned seven receptions into 191 yards. Those 191 yards were the fourth-most in UT history. No Longhorn has ever compiled more receiving yardage in a road game.
Johnson’s Biletnikoff Award campaign will begin against Maryland on Sept. 1. Last year against the Terrapins, Johnson earned his first-ever 100-yard performance. In 2017, Maryland ranked 71st nationally against the pass (228.6 yards per game).
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