TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
University of Connecticut senior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) has been added to the Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, which annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football at any position, not merely the most outstanding wide receiver.
Thomas is the fourth-leading receiver in the country in 2016, averaging 10.0 receptions per game. He is also 23rd-nationally in receiving yards per game at 97.0. He leads UConn with 40 receptions for 388 yards this year with a TD.
Thomas had a career-high 14 receptions vs. Syracuse last Saturday, which was the second-highest in school single-game history and tied for the most ever by an Orange opponent.
Thomas has 123 career receptions, which is the tenth-highest in school history.
Thomas and his Husky teammates return to action this Thursday, when they play Houston at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
The award is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.
Recently, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation opened the 2016 FanVote and FanForum. Every fan may vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award FanVote page. The aggregate fan tally will be counted as one official vote to determine semi-finalists (ten receivers), finalists (three) and the winner. To access the Biletnikoff Award FanVote, go to http://biletnikoffaward.com/fan-vote
The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 8, 2016, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 14, 2016, following the vote by the members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 22, 2016.
Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-America receiver at Florida State University and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.