Wide receivers sharing the wealth

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced this morning 12 new additions to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver.

It struck me as odd that Ole Miss did not have a player added thinking Cody Core might jump in there.

I picked three names at random to compare numbers, the Penn State duo of DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis and Florida’s Demarcus Robinson.

All three have at least 20 total catches, the only area where their numbers are better than Core, who has 12 catches.

Core has more yards per catch and more touchdowns than all three.

Laquon Treadwell was on the original list announced this summer.

Treadwell has 15 catches, tied with Vince Sanders for the team lead, but the defensive attention Treadwell attracts has limited his big plays. He’s averaging just 12.3 yards per catch, fifth on the team.

Ole Miss, however, has five players with at least 11 catches.

By comparison, Alabama also has an elite receiver in Amari Cooper. He’s got 33 catches (13.8 per catch, 2 TD) but not other Crimson Tide receiver has reached double-figure receptions.

Texas A&M is spreading the ball around too. The Aggies have five players with at least 10 catches led by Malcome Kennedy with 24. Among those five the leader in yards per catch is at 16.7 per reception.

Here are the Biletnikoff watch list additions.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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