Fred Biletnikoff Award: Justin Blackmon

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 14, 2010


The Fred Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the best wide receiver in the nation. This year, Justin Blackmon of the Oklahoma State Cowboys earned this prestigious designation.

 

After losing both their starting quarterback Zac Robinson and star receiver Dez Bryant last year, the Cowboys thought that their offense would see a steep decline in production. They couldn’t have been happier with what really happened. Junior quarterback Brandon Weeden came in and made an immediate connection with sophomore receiver Blackmon to create one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver tandems in the NCAA. Blackmon was the spark for the Cowboys’ offense, hauling in 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns despite missing one game due to an ankle injury. Every outing in 2010 was a highlight reel for Blackmon, who never had less than 100 receiving yards and one touchdown in a game. He even took a reverse 69 yards for a touchdown against Baylor. Blackmon was an electrifying player who could soon follow in Bryant’s footsteps.

 

It’s hard to decide which game was Blackmon’s best considering every game was sensational, but his best statistical game would have to be Oklahoma State’s 54-28 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. He had 13 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.