OSU's Justin Blackmon wins Biletnikoff Award for second straight year

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 8, 2011

— Justin Blackmon decided to come back to Oklahoma State after winning the Biletnikoff Award in 2010 to try to bring the Cowboys their first Big 12 title and BCS bowl berth.

The junior superstar wide receiver helped OSU accomplish those goals when it capped an 11-1 regular season with a 44-10 victory over Bedlam rival Oklahoma on Saturday and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to face Stanford.

And in the process, Blackmon put together another monster season, which is why he was awarded the Biletnikoff for the second consecutive year Thursday night at the College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Blackmon, who beat out OU's Ryan Broyles and USC's Robert Woods for the honor given to the nation's top wide receiver, joins former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree as the only players to win the Biletnikoff twice. Crabtree took home the honor in 2007 and 2008.

“I'm overjoyed,” Blackmon said during the ESPN telecast after accepting the award. “It's a blessing to be up here, be up for an award again.”

Blackmon finished second in the nation in catches (113), seventh in receiving yards (1,336) and tied for third in touchdowns (15). His catch total broke his own OSU record set last season (111), while his yardage total is currently the fifth-most in school history.

Blackmon has already been named a Walter Camp and American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches and media members.

“It was teammates opening it up for me,” Blackmon said of his success this season. “We had a great running game this year, and our quarterback put us in good situations.”

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