Watts is Biletnikoff Award Finalist

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Marshall University sophomore receiver Darius Watts was named today as one of 11 semifinalists for the 2001 Biletnikoff Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. The Biletnikoff Award, founded in 1994, is given annually to the top wide receiver in Division I college football. Past winners have included Bobby Ingram of Penn State (1994), Terry Glenn of Ohio State (1995) and Marshall's own Randy Moss (1997).

Watts, a sophomore from College Park, Ga., is the only player among the 11 semifinalists from a school that has produced a previous winner.

So far this season Watts has been turning in his best Randy Moss impression. The nation's top receiver this year has put up numbers almost identical to those posted by Moss during his 1997 sophomore campaign. Watts has surpassed 100 yards in six of the Herd's first seven games and his totals are very close to the numbers Moss posted the year he won the Biletnikoff Award and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Watts' numbers thus far this year place him atop the elite list of receivers in college football. His 143.57 yards per game rank first in Division I-A as does his 11 touchdowns. He ranks sixth in receptions per game and is 15th in all-purpose yards per game.

Darius Watts

So far this year he has 53 receptions for 1,005 yards and 11 scores. Through the same point in the 1997 season Moss had 54 catches for 1,003 yards and 17 TDs. He has produced two of the top 15 receiving games in the country this year and, together with redshirt freshman teammate Josh Davis, he is one half of the top receiving yardage tandem in college football.

The other semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award this year are: Reche Caldwell (Florida), Kelly Campbell (George Tech), Kevin Curtis (Utah State), Lee Evans (Wisconsin), Jabar Gaffney (Florida), Ashley Lelie (Hawaii), Nakoa McElrath (Washington State), Josh Reed (LSU), Marquise Walker (Michigan) and Kelley Washington (Tennessee).

The list of semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists on November 14. The Biletnikoff Award will be presented on Thursday, December 6, in Orlando, Fla., as a part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

For More information on Watts and the rest of the Thundering Herd football team visit www.HerdZone.com, www.LeftwichQB.com and, coming soon, www.DariusWatts.com.

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