NORMAN — University of Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown was named one of 11 semifinalists Monday morning for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced. The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the outstanding receiver in the FBS regardless of position.
An explosive member of the nation’s most potent offense (OU leads the country in yards per game [577.1], passing efficiency rating [205.3], yards per pass attempt [11.8] and yards per rush [6.8], and ranks second in points per game [49.0]), Brown has registered team highs of 53 receptions and 956 yards (95.6 average) this season, and has caught eight touchdown passes.
The Hollywood, Fla., native ranks 13th nationally in receiving yards per game, and among players averaging at least 5.0 receptions per contest ranks second nationally with his 18.0 yards per catch.
Brown, a 5-10, 168-pound junior, is tied for first nationally this season with his nine catches of at least 40 yards, his six receptions of at least 50 yards, his three grabs of at least 60 yards and his two catches of at least 70 yards.
He has recorded five games of more than 130 receiving yards this season, a number that might be higher had he not been slowed for multiple games due to a leg injury sustained in the first half of the TCU contest on Oct. 20 (seven of his eight TDs came before that game).
Brown, who transferred to OU after one year of junior college at College of the Canyons, has started his OU career with 110 catches for 2,051 yards (18.6 average) and 17 touchdowns. His 2,051 receiving yards and 15 receiving TDs are the most and fourth most, respectively, in the first 23 games of a Sooner career.
Wide receiver Dede Westbrook won OU’s only Biletnikoff Award in 2016. He finished that season with a school-record 17 receiving touchdowns and led all Power Five players with 1,524 receiving yards and 1.31 receiving TDs per game.
Named after former Florida State and Oakland Raider great Fred Biletnikoff, the 2018 award will be announced and presented live on Dec. 6 on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
2018 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Rondale Moore, Purdue
David Sills V, West Virginia
John Ursua, Hawaii
Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech