Jahan Dotson Named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
Following another stellar performance against Michigan, Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson was selected as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award Monday afternoon.
The award is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. Aside from the Pennsylvania native, nine others made the late-season cut for the honor, including Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Purdue’s David Bell.
Through 10 games, Dotson’s 80 receptions, including nine touchdowns, mark the highest totals in both categories among all Big Ten receivers. With 993 receiving yards, the senior will likely become the Nittany Lions’ first 1,000-yard pass-catcher since Chris Godwin reached the feat in 2015.
Last week, Dotson shattered Penn State’s single-game receiving record after torching Maryland’s defense for 242 yards on 11 catches. Following the output, the star receiver passed Allen Robinson’s career receiving total, moving up to fourth on the program’s all-time list.
Entering week 12, Dotson needs just 17 receptions to surpass Robinson’s Penn State single-season record of 97 catches, previously set behind Bill O’Brien’s lead in 2013.
The last Nittany Lion to win the Biletnikoff Award was Bobby Engram, who took home the inaugural honor in 1994. In arguably the most prolific offense of Joe Paterno’s storied career, Engram finished the season with 52 receptions for 1,029 yards and seven touchdowns.
To help Dotson’s case, Penn State fans can click here to increase his tally through the award’s online fan vote. After declaring three finalists at the season’s conclusion, the winner will be crowned at the College Football Awards on Thursday, December 9, on ESPN.
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