November 10, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (11) runs after the catch against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Cobi Hamilton left off Bilentnikoff Finalist List

Fayetteville, Ark. – Despite breaking several single-season school receiving records and one very big SEC single-game record, Arkansas senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was not named as one of the three finalists for the 2012 Bilentnikoff Award, an award given for the nation’s top wide receiver earlier this week.

Hamilton owns the Arkansas Razorback single-season record for receptions with 80 and receiving yards with 1,237. But unfortunately his gaudy numbers are not high enough to surpass the receiving numbers being put up by Stedman Bailey (WVU), Marquise Lee (USC), or Terrance Williams (Baylor), as all three were named as finalist by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation and their Bilentnikoff Award voters.

Lee leads all Division-I receivers with 1,605 yards and 107 receptions, a monster year at any level of football. Lee is third overall in touchdown passes hauled in with 14, six behind the nation’s leader, Stedman Bailey’s 20.

Bailey has been the third most productive receiver in the nation in terms of pass catches having pulled in 88 for 1,260 yards; Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton is second in the nation with 94 receptions for 1,267 yards. Patton was also left off the Bilentnikoff Award list.

Terrance Williams is second in total receiving yards with 1,518 and leads all qualified receivers with a robust 18.5 yards per catch.

Hamilton has an opportunity to set another Arkansas Razorback receiving record against LSU on Friday. He is four receptions shy of the school’s career mark; he currently has 165 for 2,756 yards with 18 touchdowns.

Against Rutgers he set an SEC and Arkansas single-game record for receiving yards when he amassed 303 on 10 catches with three touchdowns.

The winner of the 2012 Bilentnikoff Award will receive his award on Dec. 6 during the Home Depot College Football Award Show on ESPN.


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