BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana junior Whop Philyor, the leading receiver in the Big Ten through eight games, was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list this week, and with good reason.
Philyor had another huge game last Saturday, making 14 receptions for 178 yards in he Hoosiers' huge 38-31 win at Nebraska. It tied his career high for catches, matching the 14 he had against Michigan State on Sept. 28. He also had 10 against Rutgers, and is the only player in the country with three double-digits games this year.
That mark is also a school record.
Philyor leads the Big Ten with 57 catches, and that's good for a tie for sixth nationally. He has 737 yards (No. 14 in the country) and three touchdowns.
Not only is Philyor making catches, but he's doing a lot with the ball after he catches it. More than half of his receiving yards (384) have come after contact, which is tops in the conference at No. 11 nationally,
The Biletnikoff Award is the highest honor a receiver can get in college football. It is presented annually by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (Bileltnikoff was a star receiver with Florida State and later with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL.)
The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on Dec. 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.
Ten finalists will be announced on Nov. 18, with the three semifinalists announced a week later, on Nov. 25.