Davis Named To Biletnikoff Award Watch List
July 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV senior wide receiver Devante Davis is part of another watch list -- this time the Biletnikoff Award, which goes each season to the nation's top pass catcher.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, released the 2014 preseason list on Tuesday. The winner is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group 221 college football journalists, commentators and former receivers.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation will announce the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 17 and the three finalists will be announced one week later. The 2014 Biletnikoff Award will be presented on Dec. 11 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. The winner will receive his trophy at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Feb. 7, 2015. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-Pro receiver with the Oakland Raiders and an All-America receiver at Florida State.
Davis (6-3, 200) was a unanimous choice for Preseason First Team All-Mountain West by Lindy's, Athlon and Phil Steele's preview publications. He is the nation's top returning touchdown catcher after grabbing 14 in 2013, which shattered UNLV's single-season record. Lindy's also named him the league's "Top Deep Threat" after a junior season that saw him finish with 87 receptions for 1,290 yards.
A native of the Houston area, Davis' 2,144 combined yards in 2012-13 made him the first player in school history to go over 2,000 yards through the air in a two-season span. Earlier this summer he was one of 77 players named to the watch list for the prestigious Maxwell Award, which is given to the national player of the year, and was also one of 42 players named to the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List.
UNLV will hold its first practice August 6 and open its season on Friday, Aug. 29 at Arizona. The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. Northern Colorado. Season tickets are on sale now starting at only $90 for all six home games. Three-game mini-plans are also on sale starting as low as $42. Call (702) 739-FANS or log on to www.unlvtickets.com for more information.
2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List Nelson Agholor, USC Dres Anderson, Utah Kenny Bell, Nebraska Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh Da'Ron Brown, Northern Illinois Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe Sammie Coates, Auburn Amari Cooper, Alabama Jamison Crowder, Duke Titus Davis, Central Michigan Geremy Davis, Connecticut Devante Davis, UNLV Quinshad Davis, North Carolina Corey Davis, Western Michigan Stefon Diggs, Maryland Devin Funchess, Michigan Antwan Goodley, Baylor Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech Deontay Greenberry, Houston Rashad Greene, Florida State Rannell Hall, UCF Justin Hardy, East Carolina Josh Harper, Fresno State Chris Harper, California Nick Harwell, Kansas Rashard Higgins, Colorado State Austin Hill, Arizona Christian Jones, Northwestern Darius Joseph, SMU Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State Tyler Lockett, Kansas State Matt Miller, Boise State Ty Montgomery, Stanford Richard Mullaney, Oregon State Jamarcus Nelson, UAB Levi Norwood, Baylor DeVante Parker, Louisville Breshad Perriman, UCF Jamal Robinson, Louisiana Lafayette Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State Dominic Rufran, Wyoming Wes Saxton, South Alabama Jaxon Shipley, Texas Tommy Shuler, Marshall Devin Smith, Ohio State Shavarez Smith, South Alabama Daniel Spencer, Houston Jaelen Strong, Arizona State Jordan Taylor, Rice Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss Richy Turner, Nevada, Reno Shaq Washington, Cincinnati Jordan Williams, Ball State Tyler Winston, San Jose State Shane Wynn, Indiana