MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Jordy Nelson is one of three wide receivers nationally to be named a finalist for the 2007 Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation has announced.
Nelson, who currently holds 11 K-State receiving records, is the first Wildcat receiver to be named a finalist for the award and the first player since Darren Sproles (Doak Walker Award) in 2003 to be named a finalist for one of the major player awards in college football.
A native of Riley, Kan., Nelson has had one of the finest seasons in K-State history as he has grabbed a school-record 107 receptions for a school-record 1,441 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 9.7 catches a game average, 131.0 yards per game average and 1,441 total receiving yards all rank second nationally, while he also ranks 20th nationally in all-purpose yardage (154.4 ypg). He also has set the Big 12 record for catches and yards in a season by a senior wide receiver.
Nelson has recorded seven 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard performances this season and has caught 10 or more passes in five games, all of which are school records. His 15-catch performance against Missouri State and his 214 yards receiving at Iowa State set single-game K-State records, while his three receiving touchdowns at Oklahoma State tied the school record.
The former walk-on has 191 receptions for 2,657 yards and 19 touchdowns during his three-year stint at wide receiver to establish himself on three career top-10 receiving lists at K-State. He is currently second all-time at Kansas State in catches and receiving yards, while he is third in career receiving touchdowns.
The winner will be announced on December 6 during ESPN’s College Football Awards Program in Orlando, Fla. Other finalists for the award include Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Michigan’s Mario Manningham.