Utah State’s Hunter Sharp named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Utah State wide receiver Hunter Sharp (4) catches a pass for a touchdown as Hawaii defensive back Ne'Quan Phillips (1) watches during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State senior wide receiver Hunter Sharp has been named to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, it was announced Wednesday morning by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.

Sharp is one of 48 players on the list and joins UNLV sophomore wide receiver Devonte Boyd, Colorado State junior wide receiver Rashard Higgins, Hawai’i junior wide receiver Marcus Kemp, Air Force junior wide receiver Jalen Robinette and Boise State junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck as the six Mountain West players on the list.

Sharp, one of two players from the Beehive State to make the list along with BYU senior wide receiver Mitch Mathews, is also a 2015 Preseason Phil Steele second-team all-Mountain West and Athlon Sports second-team all-Mountain West selection.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position, who catches a pass is eligible for the award. The highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of 275 prominent college football journalists, commentators and former receivers, selects the award recipient.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announced the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 16, following the vote by the 275 members. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared on Nov. 24 following another vote.

For complete details and updates of interest, along with weekly statistics and timely news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as a fan vote and discussion board, visit the Foundation’s website at www.biletnikoffaward.com.

Sharp, a 6-0, 200-pounder from Palmdale, Calif. (Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a junior as he finished the season ranking first on the team in receptions (66), receiving yards (939) and receiving touchdowns (7). In all, he ranked tied for second in the MW and tied for 54th in the nation in receiving touchdowns (7), fourth in the MW and 66th in the nation in receiving yards (67.1 pg), and eighth in the MW and 84th in the nation in receptions (4.7 pg).

He also had four-straight 100-yard receiving games during his junior season, becoming the first Aggie to do so since Kevin Curtis had six-straight 100-yard receiving games to start the 2001 season. Overall, he led the nation with four touchdown receptions of at least 70 yards (81, 72, 75, 70) and is one of just two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in the last five years to accomplish this feat, along with USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012.

Over the last three years, Utah State is one of just four FBS schools to win at least 30 games and three bowl games, joining Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon. Furthermore, USU has played in four-straight bowl games, winning each of its last three, both of which are school records.

Utah State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, at home against Southern Utah and will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Oct. 3, at home against Colorado State.

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