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Davis Named To Biletnikoff Award Watch List

July 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS ( - 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.



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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
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