Stamford's Washington named finalist for coveted Biletnikoff Award
ABILENE, Texas - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, announced the 3 Finalists for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award. Oklahoma State's James Washington (Stamford, TX) joins West Virginia's David Sills V and Colorado State's Michael Gallup as this year's finalists. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Washington is looking to bring the Biletnikoff Award to Stillwater for just the third time in ten years, as Justin Blackmon was the winner in both 2010 and 2011. Additionally, current Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was a finalist in 2008. A unanimous preseason and midseason All-America selection in 2017, the senior from Stamford, TX has an average of 118.8 receiving yards per game and the Cowboy also has five 100-yard games against Big 12 competition. It should be noted that two of Washington's 100-yard efforts came against Oklahoma and TCU, both of whom are ranked in the Top 10 nationally. Washington's 2017 season continues a multi-year run as one of college football's best wideouts. He has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards each of the last three seasons, becoming one of only three players in Big 12 Conference history to achieve that feat three times. Washington is the FBS active career leader in receiving touchdowns (37) and receiving yards (4,240). He is one of just 21 players in NCAA history to surpass 4,000 career receiving yards. With a strong finish to the season, Washington could finish as the Big 12 career receiving yards leader. He enters this week's game against Kansas 346 yards shy of the Big 12's all-time record with two games yet to play. The 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 7, 2017, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 7:00 - 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College Football Hall of Famer, Heisman Trophy winner, and Biletnikoff Award voter Desmond Howard will present the 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show. Howard is one of only 5 ends or receivers who has won the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelley, Leon Hart, Johnny Rodgers, and Biletnikoff Award voter Tim Brown.