FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team has four student-athletes on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, it was announced Thursday.
Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright each made the watch list for the award that goes to the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver. Arkansas’ four selections to the list are the most in the country and the most by one school in a single year in the history of the watch list.
Adams has made at least one reception in all 34 games in his career, the longest active streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in the NCAA entering the 2011 season. He led the Razorbacks with a career-high 813 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns in 2010. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Adams ranked sixth in the SEC with 4.2 receptions per game and seventh in the conference with 67.8 receiving yards per game. His three 100-yard receiving games tied for fifth in the SEC and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. He tied for seventh in the NCAA with 32 receptions against ranked opponents and was 11th in the country with 403 receiving yards against ranked foes. His 23 receptions of at least 15 yards tied for fifth in the SEC. His five career 100-yard receiving games are tied for the most among 2011 Razorbacks and fourth all-time at Arkansas.
Childs makes his second watch list in as many days following his inclusion on the Maxwell Award Watch List released Tuesday. In 2010, Childs tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns and ranked third on the team with 659 receiving yards and 49 receptions despite missing the final five games due to an injury. His two 100-yard receiving games ranked eighth in the SEC. The Warren, Ark., native enters the 2011 season ranked eighth on Arkansas’ all-time career touchdown receptions list with 15, 10th on UA’s all-time career receptions list with 112 and 10th on the Razorbacks’ all-time career receiving yards list with 1,826 to lead all current Razorbacks in each category. His five career 100-yard receiving games are tied for the most among 2011 Razorbacks and fourth all-time at Arkansas.
Hamilton finished the 2010 season with 32 catches for 630 yards and six touchdowns, all single-season career highs. His touchdown total tied for the team lead. The Texarkana, Texas, native tied for fifth in the nation with four receiving touchdowns against ranked opponents, and he ranked sixth in the NCAA with 466 receiving yards against ranked opponents. His average of 22.2 yards per reception against ranked foes was second in the SEC and 10th in the country. He had a career-high 164 receiving yards with two touchdowns, including a career-long 85 yarder that tied for the sixth-longest passing touchdown play in school history and tied for the third-longest passing play in the SEC and 10th-longest passing play in the NCAA in 2010, on three receptions in Arkansas’ 31-23 win vs. No. 6 LSU.
Wright finished the 2010 season with 788 receiving yards, the second-highest total on the team, and five touchdowns on 42 catches. His receptions and receiving yards were career highs, while his touchdown total tied his career high from 2009. The Warren, Ark., native ranked fifth in the SEC with his 18.8 yards-per-reception average and eighth in the conference with his average of 60.6 receiving yards per game. His 23 receptions of at least 15 yards tied for fifth in the SEC, and his nine receptions of 25-plus yards tied for ninth. He ranked fifth in the NCAA with 542 receiving yards against ranked opponents. He enters the 2011 season ranked 11th on Arkansas’ all-time career receiving yards list with 1,817, 11th on the Razorbacks’ all-time career touchdown receptions list with 12 and 12th on UA’s all-time career receptions list with 102. He is tied for the lead among current Razorbacks and fourth all-time at Arkansas with five career 100-yard receiving games.
The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced Dec. 8 on the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show, and the 18th winner will be officially presented with the award Feb. 11, 2012 at a banquet at the University Center Club Ballroom in Tallahassee, Fla.