Texas Football: Tom Herman Comments on Duvernay Biletnikoff Snub
The Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist list was released Monday and Texas receiver Devin Duvernay's name was conspicuous by its absence.
The Texas wide receiver was left off a list of 10 honorees that included Minnesota's Rashod Bateman, Arkansas State's Omar Bayless, LSU's Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and DeVonta Smith, Wake Forest's Sage Surratt, SMU's James Proche, Oregon State's Isaiah Hodgins, USC's Michael Pittman, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Liberty's Antonio Gandy-Golden.
Duvernay ranks ahead of three of those players (Bateman, Lamb and Proche) in receiving yards with 1,017. He is also second in the country (first among Power Five receivers) in receptions with 87.
With Collin Johnson in and out of the lineup with injuries this year Duvernay has become the team's go-to guy in the passing game, collecting more than a third of Sam Ehlinger's 2,914 yards through the air.
"I don't know what the criteria is, then," Texas head coach Tom Herman said. "I'm going to have to call whoever the committee that deals with the Biletnikoff and say, what does a guy need to do to get on that list, at least a semi-finalist."
"The first I heard about it was the conference call right before this (press conference), and shocking is the only thing I can say. I have no idea how that can happen."
Duvernay also leads the country in broken tackles and third down receptions. He has at least six catches in every game this year. Duvernay has also logged 100 yards or more receiving in six of Texas' 10 contests, including each of the last four.