RENO, Nev. (KRNV, Nevada Athletics Media & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada senior wide receiver Brandon Wimberly has been named to the Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced today.
A first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2012, Wimberly led Nevada with 70 catches for 845 yards to go along with four touchdowns. He was third in the MW in receptions per games and fifth in the conference in yards per game. For his career, Wimberly has 164 receptions for 2,060 yards and 10 scores.
Wimberly has caught a pass in 40 consecutive games – all 40 games of his career – which is the longest active streak in the nation. He has also started 37 games in his career, which is tied for the 11th-longest streak in the nation entering the season.
The Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. The award recipient is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of over 200 prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on Dec. 12 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. 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.