USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods has been named a Biletnikoff Award Finalist, according to an ESPN report. The sophomore has had an outstanding season as a sophomore and finds himself in contention for the college football award that has been given to the best wide receiver the the country annually since 1994.
Woods is one of three finalists for this year's award, alongside Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles and Oklahoma St.'s Justin Blackmon. In terms of statistical performance this season, Woods (1,179 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns) falls in-between Broyles (1,157 yards, 10 touchdowns) and (Blackmon 1,241 yards, 15 touchdowns). Woods is the youngest of the three receivers, a sophomore among junior Broyles and senior Blackmon.
Prior award recipients include the likes of Randy Moss (1997), Larry Fitzgerald (2003) and Calvin Johnson (2006). Blackmon won the award last season and will be looking for his second straight Biletnikoff Award in a row. Should Blackmon win, he would become the second wide receiver to repeat, following Michael Crabtree (2007-2008).