Tallahassee, FL – Baylor receivers Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese were among 49 players named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list, as announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation on Tuesday.
The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the outstanding receiver in college football, as selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of more than 180 prominent football journalists, commentators and receivers.
Baylor is one of six teams with multiple players on the watch list. The Bears are joined by West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Pittsburgh, and there are eight Big 12 Conference receivers among the candidates.
Williams, a fifth-year senior from Dallas, Texas, was previously named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation's most outstanding collegiate football player. As a junior in 2011, Williams earned second-team All-Big 12 honors when he caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 11 touchdown receptions tied for the second-most in a single season in program history, and his 957 receiving yards ranked fourth and his 59 receptions ranked eighth all-time at Baylor.
Reese, a junior from Temple, Texas, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011. He played in all 13 games and made seven starts at inside receiver, totaling 877 yards and seven touchdowns on 51 receptions. Reese is expected to step into the starting inside receiver role vacated by first-round draft pick Kendall Wright, who was a semifinalist for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award.
Both Williams and Reese are among Baylor's career receiving leaders. Williams is tied for fifth with 15 career TDs, ninth with 1,502 career receiving yards and 11th with 105 career receptions heading into 2012. Reese is 13th with 96 receptions and 15th with 1,278 receiving yards, despite playing only two seasons with the Bears.
Ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists will be announced Nov. 12 following a vote by the National Selection Committee. Three finalists will be named a week later after another round of voting, and the winner will be presented on Dec. 6 as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
The Biletnikoff Award, which was created in 1994, is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards.