Coming off his best season as a college wide out, Allen Hurns was named to the preseason watch list for the award given to the nation's best wide receiver Tuesday. The annual Biletnikoff Award is named after Fred Biletnikoff, a 6-1, 190-pounder noted for his great catching ability and deceptive speed. Biletnikoff caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns during his 14-year career with the Oakland Raiders from 1965 through 1978. Last year's recipient was first round draft pick from Oklahoma State University, Justin Blackmon.
Hurns is expected to improve upon his 31 reception season that was hampered by injury and will likely be the beneficiary of quarterback Stephen Morris' big arm because of his breakaway speed.
Here's the official release from the University of Miami:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - University of Miami wide receiver Allen Hurns has been included on the 2012 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List - given to the nation's top receiver - as announced Tuesday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.
Hurns, a native of Carol City, Fla., had a breakout season as a sophomore recording 31 receptions for 415 yards, a 13.4 yard per reception average. His four touchdown catches on the season were second on the team to only Tommy Streeter (8) - the sixth round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. will announce the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 12, 2012, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 19, 2012.
The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver (the award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass) by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. (TQC). The TQC Foundation, Inc. is an independent, charitable organization that was founded in 1994. Present Chairman and Founding Trustee, Professor Walter W. Manley II, Founding Trustee L. Thomas Cox, Jr., Founding Trustee Rocky Bevis and Founding Trustee Bob Teel established the award and the TQC Foundation, Inc. that sponsors it. Many more trustees have contributed to its development as one of the most prominent awards in college football.