Discussions should be had with the College Football Selection Show coming up on December 3rd and the College Football Awards on December 7th. There’s going to be a lot of talk about the Heisman this year, even though there is an award that could be a topic for debate just like the Heisman. That award should be the Biletnikoff Award.
In your opinion, who is the best receiver in the nation? You think about names like Malik Nabers, Troy Franklin, Rome Odunze, Luther Burden III, and maybe the best player in all of college football and a future first-round pick in the NFL draft, Marvin Harrison Jr. What if I tell you there is a receiver that has more yards this year than Franklin, Burden III, and Harrison Jr. This receiver’s name is Malik Washington from Virginia.
Malik Washington is ranked 3rd in receiving yards behind Nabers and tied for 19th for touchdowns including Tez Johnson from Oregon. All of the players above are considered the “number one targets” for their team, but Washington leads all FBS with receptions.
Washington has 27 more receptions than Burden III, 29 more than Odunze, and is considered the “best receiver in all of college football”, Harrison Jr. has 43 receptions less than Washington.
Washington broke records for ACC and college football with 10 games that had 100-yard receiving most since 2010 in college football.
Malik Washington had put his name on the map from being a grad student at Northwestern to being a lethal weapon in Virginia’s offense this year to bring in record-breaking stats for all FBS fans to see.
Many fans probably didn’t see the talent displayed by Washington due to the below-five-hundred record. College football fans should look into players who put in outstanding numbers every game regardless of their teams’ performance, just like how Washington did all year.
In my opinion, the Biletnikoff Award is going to Harrison Jr. due to being more in the spotlight in the Big 10, having athletes like Lebron James publicly saying that he is the best player in college football, and being the most reliable receiver in the past two years.
All receivers deserve to be considered for this award, but don’t be surprised if you see votes for Malik Washington to be a dark horse in winning this award. Don’t be shocked either if you don’t hear Washington’s name called in the NFL Draft or continue his career by earning his master’s degree in Higher Education at Virginia.
ACC and Virginia fans know who their number one receiver is, does the FBS voting committee know?