Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was announced as one of ten semi-finalist for the 2012 Bilentnikoff Award on Monday as presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.
The expansive preseason Bilentnikoff Award watch list included 72 total wide receivers from Division-I football. Over 190 individuals were selected to vote on the top wide receiver in college football casting their ballots between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11. The selection committee’s 2012 semifinalists include:
Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Austin Hill, Arizona
Deandre Hopkins, Clemson
Marqise Lee, Southern California
Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Terrance Williams, Baylor
* In alphabetical order
Hamilton currently has the fourth most receiving yards in college football with 1,149 trailing USC receiver Marqise Lee’s college football leading 1,447 yards. Lee also leads FBS in total receptions with 98 for a 14.8 yard per catch average with 13 touchdowns.
The top receiver in college football in total touchdowns is West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey with 16 scores.
Hamilton is tied with Boston College’s Alex Amidon for the third most receptions on the year with 73.
With two regular season games remaining Hamilton already owns the Arkansas single-season receptions record and receiving yards in a single season record set during the 2011 season by Jarius Wright. Wright caught 66 passes for 1,117 yards with 12 touchdowns last year.
The records achieved by Hamilton during his senior campaign also season includes a school and SEC single-game record of 303 receiving yards, set against Rutgers, on 10 receptions.
Due to Arkansas’ 4-6 record, Hamilton will not get the chance to pad his statistics with a SEC Championship Game and could miss out on playing in a bowl game.
Hamilton has two low games of two receptions against Jacksonville State (13 yards) and Alabama (14 yards). During the JSU game Hamilton left the game in the first quarter after suffering a concussion and in the Alabama game he did not have the benefit of senior quarterback Tyler Wilson under center; out with a concussion.
One statistic that will hurt Hamilton is his four receiving touchdowns. Hamilton caught three touchdown passes against Rutgers and one against Louisiana-Monroe but has been held out of the end zone for six straight games.
Aiding in his cause is four games with over 100 yards and four games with double digit receptions. He sports a robust 15.7 yards per catch average as the primary offensive weapon for the Razorbacks.
The three finalists for the Bilentnikoff Award will be announced Monday Nov. 19 with the winner receiving his award on Dec. 6 during the Home Depot College Football Award Show on ESPN.