ATLANTA – Oklahoma State’s James Washington is the 2017 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation’s top receiver, it was announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta. It was also announced at the event that Washington is a first team selection to the 2017 Walter Camp All-America Team.
2017 marks the third season that the Biletnikoff Award has been won by a player from Oklahoma State, as Justin Blackmon won the award in 2010 and again in 2011. OSU is the only school in the country with three Biletnikoff Awards to its credit.
Washington will go down as one of the best and most productive receivers in Oklahoma State history and in the history of the Big 12 Conference. He enters the bowl game with 4,346 career receiving yards, a figure that leads all active FBS players and ranks third in Big 12 history. He needs 68 yards to pass Rashaun Woods for the Oklahoma State school record and to move into second on the all-time Big 12 list. He leads all active FBS players with 38 career receiving touchdowns and his career average of 85.2 receiving yards per game is the best among all receivers from Power Five conferences with a minimum of 2,000 career receiving yards.
In 2017, Washington was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and also earned a spot on the Walter Camp All-America team. He finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. Washington’s 1,423 receiving yards and 118.6 receiving yards per game both led the FBS and his 12 touchdown receptions ranked fourth nationally. He led all FBS players with 17 catches of 30 yards or longer, 10 catches of 40 yards or longer and seven catches of 50 yards or longer. Washington helped Oklahoma State become the first offense in Big 12 history to have a 4,000-yard passer (Mason Rudolph), a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Marcell Ateman and James Washington).
The other two finalists for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award were West Virginia’s David Sills and Colorado State’s Michael Gallup.
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