Justin Blackmon might be best receiver in OSU history

Former Plainview High star a finalist for Biletnikoff Award
BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm •  Published: December 8, 2010

STILLWATER — The list of accolades for Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon has been growing.

And it could add an exclamation point tonight.

Blackmon enters the Home Depot College Football Awards Show (6 p.m. on ESPN) as the apparent favorite for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to college football's top receiver. The sophomore joins Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles and South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery as Biletnikoff Award finalists.

Since the end of OSU's regular season on Nov. 27, the Cowboys receiver has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, NFCA All-American and the Paul Warfield Award winner.

“He's consistently been the best receiver in the country,” OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “He made our football team better, there's no hiding that. If it was up to me, he'd be there on Saturday for the Heisman.”

Golden Tate, the 2009 Biletnikoff winner, had 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009. Michael Crabtree, the 2008 and 2007 Biletnikoff winner, had 97 receptions for 1,165 and 19 touchdowns in 2008. He had 134 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2007.

Blackmon's numbers take a back seat to nobody.

He finished the season with 102 receptions for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 9.3 receptions and 151.4 yards per game. Those exploits rank him second in OSU's single season record book in receptions and receiving yardage behind Rashaun Woods (107 receptions for 1,695 yards in 2002) and second in touchdown receptions behind Dez Bryant (18 in 2008).