OSU All-American named best wide receiver in the country
Justin Blackmon with the 2010 Biletnikoff Award
Dec. 9, 2010
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - Oklahoma State All-America receiver Justin Blackmon added to his impressive list of accomplishments today, as the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named him the 2010 Biletnikoff Award recipient as the best receiver in the country.
Blackmon, who received the award in front of a national television audience at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN, is the first Oklahoma State athlete to receive the award and the second finalist in the last three years as Dez Bryant was one of the final three considered in 2008.
The sophomore from Ardmore, Okla., joins a list of elite athletes to receive the award, including Terry Glenn, Randy Moss, Antonio Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards, Calvin Johnson and Michael Crabtree.
Blackmon caught 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games during the 2010 regular season and also added a pair of scores with a 69-yard run and a blocked punt return. He sits at the top of the national charts in several statistical categories, including receiving yards per game (first with 151.36), receptions per game (first with 9.27), points per game (fourth with 10.91) and all-purpose yards per game (ninth with 159).
The Big 12 offensive player of the year is also on the verge of setting several records in the Cowboys' Alamo Bowl matchup against Arizona. Blackmon needs only eight receiving yards to break Larry Fitzgerald's NCAA record for receiving yards by a sophomore, 31 receiving yards to break Rashaun Woods' OSU record for single-season receiving yards, six catches to break Woods' OSU record for single-season catches and two touchdown grabs to break Dez Bryant's OSU record for single-season touchdown catches.
He is also tied with the NCAA record for most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch (11), and statistically is already assured of the 15th-best season in NCAA history.