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Duke's Crowder named to Biletnikoff watch list

Posted July 15

Duke Blue Devils wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) finds some running room. Florida State and Duke University face each other in the ACC Football Championship on December 7, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium. Duke could not keep pace with Florida State's offense falling by a score of 45 to 7. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

— Duke University senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list as one of the nation’s top receivers entering the 2014 season.

Crowder, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, N.C., was one of 55 players named to the list released Thursday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football regardless of position.

Coming off an historic season in which he eclipsed the ACC’s single-season record with 108 receptions, Crowder enters 2014 among the NCAA’s top five active leaders in career receiving yards (2,597), receptions (198), all-purpose yards (4,216), punt return average (13.70), punt return yards (589) and punt return touchdowns (2).

His 1,360 receiving yards in 2013 are the most of any returning player in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

An All-America second team choice at punt returner and an All-ACC first team selection at wide receiver last season, Crowder has been named to preseason All-America lists by several major outlets. He is also on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top player and the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.

He has caught multiple passes in 28 consecutive games and is on pace to break the ACC records for pass receptions, receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games.

The Biletnikoff Award is named in honor of Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame who was an All-Pro receiver with the Oakland Raiders and an All-America receiver at Florida State University.

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. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

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