RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com) -- University of Nevada wideout Richy Turner has been named to the official Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, which annually recognizes the nation’s top receiver in college football, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Tuesday.
Turner, a senior from Long Beach, is Nevada’s leading returning receiver with 121 catches for 1,507 yards and seven touchdowns over his two previous seasons at Nevada. Last year, he was second on the team behind Brandon Wimberly, with 61 catches for 755 yards and four touchdowns. He is one of eight players from the Mountain West on the Watch List.
The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award.
The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of 221 prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. Receivers may be added to the watch list as their season performances dictate.
"Given the significant number of excellent college receivers playing this season, the race for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award will be the most entertaining and wide-open in many years,” said TQC Foundation Chairman Charles Hopkins.
The 2014 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on ESPN December 11, 2014. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff will announce the 2014 winner on the show.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 17, 2014, following the vote by the 221 members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 24, 2014. For complete details, weekly statistics, news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as a fan vote and discussion board, visit the Foundation website at Biletnikoffaward.com.
The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver, according to a press release sent by University of Nevada's Associate Athletics Director. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-Pro receiver with the Oakland Raiders and an All-America receiver at Florida State University. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (TQC), Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.