July 16, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane senior wide receiver Ryan Grant became the second Green Wave player to be selected to a preseason watch list in as many weeks as he was named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, as it was announced today by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award.
The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Grant was also on the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List as a junior in 2011, but suffered a season-ending injury in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He joins senior placekicker Cairo Santos on college football's preseason watch lists. Santos, a consensus All-America selection and winner of the 2012 Lou Groza Award a year ago, was selected to the 2013 Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List last week.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant is one of 22 returning Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) wide receivers to compile 1,000 yards last season. As a redshirt-junior in 2012, he claimed first-team All-Conference USA honors by the league office and Phil Steele Publications, as well as second-team All-Louisiana, after leading the team with 76 catches, 1,149 receiving and all-purpose yards, and six touchdown grabs. He paced C-USA and sat 16th nationally in receiving yards per game (95.75) and his yardage total ranks fifth in Tulane single-season history.
Grant posted 100-plus receiving yards seven times, including in each of the final three games. He hauled in a career-best 13 - which tied for the fourth-most in school history - for 108 yards at Houston on Nov. 24, pulled down 11 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown at Memphis on Nov. 10 and hauled in 10 catches for 94 yards vs. East Carolina on Nov. 17. He achieved a career-high 184 receiving yards while tying a career-best with two touchdowns on six grabs vs. UAB on Oct. 27.
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. Receivers may be added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. According to TQC Foundation Chairman Ritchie Pickron, "Given the significant number of outstanding college receivers playing in the 2013 season, the race for the Biletnikoff Award is wide open."
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 18, 2013, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 25, 2013. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, please consult the Foundation website at www.biletnikoffaward.com.
The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2013, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from 7:00 - 9:00pm 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. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994. Seventeen college receivers have won the award, including Marqise Lee, Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.
2013 Biletnikoff Award Pre-season Watch List
(listed in alphabetical order)
Player School Year Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin SR Davante Adams Fresno State SO Nelson Agholor USC SO Alex Amidon Boston College SR Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU JR Kenny Bell Nebraska JR Michael Bennett Georgia JR Chris Boyd Vanderbilt JR Corey Brown Ohio State SR Aaron Burbridge Michigan State SO Damiere Byrd South Carolina JR Michael Campanaro Wake Forest SR Brandon Carter TCU JR Brandon Coleman Rutgers JR Brandin Cooks Oregon State JR Amari Cooper Alabama SO Jamison Crowder Duke JR DaVaris Daniels Notre Dame JR Quinshad Davis North Carolina SO Mike Davis Texas SR Titus Davis Central Mich. JR Stefon Diggs Maryland SO Phillip Dorsett Miami JR William Dukes FAU JR Quinton Dunbar Florida SO Bruce Ellington South Carolina JR Mike Evans Texas A&M SO Shaquelle Evans UCLA SR Austin Franklin New Mexico St. JR Jeremy Gallon Michigan SR Keyarris Garrett Tulsa JR Ryan Grant Tulane SR Rashad Green FSU JR Dorial Green-Beckham Missouri SO Deontay Greenberry Houston SO Noel Grigsby San Jose State SR Je'Ron Hamm ULM SR Justin Hardy East Carolina JR Chris Harper California SO Robert Herron Wyoming SR Cody Hoffman BYU SR Josh Huff Oregon SR T.J. Jones Notre Dame SR Cody Latimer Indiana JR Marqise Lee USC JR Jordan Leslie UTEP JR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt SR J.D. McKissic Arkansas State SO Trey Metoyer Oklahoma SO Matt Miller Boise State JR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia JR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss JR Tracy Moore Oklahoma State SR Alex Neutz Buffalo JR Kevin Norwood Alabama SR DeVante Parker Louisville JR Charone Peake Clemson JR Bernard Reedy Toledo SR Tevin Reese Baylor SR Paul Richardson Colorado JR Allen Robinson Penn State JR Shaq Roland South Carolina SO Alonzo Russell Toledo SO Jalen Saunders Oklahoma SR Jaxon Shipley Texas JR Tommy Shuler Marshall SO Devin Smith Ohio State JR Willie Snead Ball State JR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State JR Devin Street Pittsburgh JR Eric Thomas Troy SR Jordan Thompson West Virginia FR Eric Ward Texas Tech SR Sammy Watkins Clemson JR Brandon Wimberly Nevada SR