Jackson named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

University of Florida junior wide receiver Chad Jackson (Hoover, Ala.) has been named a semifinalist for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, which is awarded to the nation's outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.

Jackson is Florida's 10th different receiver to be named a semifinalist for the award, four of whom made it to the finalist stage.

This season, Jackson leads the SEC with 72 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. His reception total ties for fifth nationally and matches Reidel Anthony (1996) for the second-highest total by a Gator in a single season and the most by a UF junior. Jackson's 73.6 receiving yards per game lead the league and are ranked 54th nationally, while his 7.3 receptions per game top the conference and are seventh in the nation. The UF junior has caught a pass in 22 straight games (tied for the second-longest active streak in the SEC). Jackson is tied for 19th nationally in receiving touchdowns with eight and has averaged a touchdown catch every nine receptions this season.

The award is presented annually on the ESPN College Awards Show and the awards banquet is held during February in Tallahassee, Fla.

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