WSU receiver Patmon named to 2019 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

WSU receiver Patmon named to 2019 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Washington State senior wide receiver Dezmon Patmon was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Thursday.

Patmon is one of six Pac-12 Conference wide receivers named to the watch list for the award given to the season’s most outstanding FBS receiver in college football. The last Cougar wideout named to the same preseason watch list was Gabe Marks prior to the 2016 season.

Patmon had a breakout season as a junior in 2018, catching 61 passes for a team-high 816 yards , good for eighth in the Pac-12 Conference, and also caught five touchdown passes. The San Diego native averaged a team-best 13.4 yards -per-catch, recorded three 100-yard games (Utah, at Stanford, at Colorado) and tied for the team lead with 11 receptions of 20+yards. In the Alamo Bowl win over Iowa State, Patmon caught six passes for 76 yards including a nine-yard touchdown catch.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the season’s outstanding FBS 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. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 18, 2019, following the vote by the distinguished members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 25, 2019. The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019 , at the College Football Hall of Fame on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7-9 p.m. (EST) 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 a consensus All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. 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.