And the Biletnikoff Award goes to...Josh Reed

Only two years ago, Josh Reed was a reserve tailback languishing on the bench for LSU. A suggestion from then-quarterback Josh Booty to try the redshirt freshman at wide receiver resulted in a position change. To say the move has benefitted the Tigers is like saying the Dutch got a good deal on Manhattan. Last night, Reed was named the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best collegiate receiver.

Reed beat out Florida's Jabar Gaffney and Lee Evans of Wisconsin for the honor. He did not attend the presentation in Orlando, Fla., as the 21st-ranked LSU football team continued its preparation for Saturday night's Southeastern Conference Championship game against No. 2 Tennessee.

In his junior season, Reed led the nation in receiving with 90 receptions for 1,860 yards and seven touchdowns. His sophomore year included 1,127 receiving yards, making him and Joey Kent of Tennessee the only two receivers in SEC history to have back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 yards in catches.

Reed was also the first SEC receiver to eclipse the 1,500-yard mark, adding his name to the record book in that category. He also owns the league marks for receptions and yards in a game following the Alabama game in which he made 19 catches for 293 yards in LSU's 35-21 win.

All told, Reed has broken or tied eight LSU records and four SEC standards.

Also on Thursday night, Reed was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-American team. Earlier in the week, he was selected to the All-American teams of the Football Writers Association of America and

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club and is named in honor of the former Florida State and Oakland Raiders wide receiver who is a member of the NFL and College Football halls of fame. 

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