Biletnikoff Award names 10 semifinalists


With the end of the regular season two weeks away (three if you’re a Big 12 fan), the Biletnikoff Award announced 10 semifinalists on Monday:

Nelson Agholor (USC): 82 catches, 1,079 yards, 10 TDs
Amari Cooper (Alabama): 87 catches, 1,303 yards*, 11 TDs
Rashad Greene (Florida State): 75 catches, 1,042 yards, 5 TDs
Rashard Higgins (Colorado State): 67 catches, 1,280 yards, 13 TDs*
Tyler Lockett (K-State): 60 catches, 878 yards, 6 TDs
Vince Mayle (Washington State): 86 catches, 1,152 yards, 9 TDs
Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma): 50 catches, 957 yards, 5 TDs
Nelson Spruce (Colorado): 99 catches*, 1,091 yards, 11 TDs
Jaelen Strong (Arizona State): 71 catches, 982 yards, 9 TDs
Kevin White (West Virginia): 91 catches, 1,207 yards, 8 TDs

*Denotes FBS leader

Any snubs on here? Only one statistical leader isn’t on this list — Notre Dame’s Will Fuller, whose 13 touchdowns are tied with Higgins for the most among FBS receivers.

If I’m taking a stab at the three finalists, I’ll say Amari Cooper (who should win the award), Jaelen Strong (if he’s over his possible concussion vs. Oregon State) and Kevin White.

The Biletnikoff Award will announce three finalists Nov. 24 and the winner of the honor on Dec. 11.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.