Air Mayle: Coug WR makes Biletnikoff Top 10

ITS BEEN AN UNFORGETTABLE season for Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle. The 6-3, 220-pounder ranks in the top five nationally in receiving yards and has been a nightmare for defensive backs to handle all season. And on Monday morning, the Coug senior got some national love, being named a Top-10 semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

The Biletnikoff Award is given to the nation’s top wide receiver each season and Vince Mayle finds himself right in the hunt. Early Monday morning, it was announced that Mayle was named a Top-10 semifinalist for the award. Through 10 games this season, the Sacramento, Calif., product has recorded 86 receptions for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranks fourth, fifth and 10th nationally in those respective categories.

Mayle, who arrived to Washington State last season from Serra College, is one of four Pac-12 players to make the semifinals list. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong, Colorado’s Nelson Spruce and Southern California’s Nelson Agholor join Mayle.

Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Florida State’s Rashad Greene, Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins, Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard, West Virginia’s Kevin White and Kansas State's Tyler Lockett are also up for consideration.

Three finalists will be named Nov. 24 and the winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 11 at ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

For his career, Mayle has hauled in 128 receptions, 1,691 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Cougs. In WSU’s 39-32 victory over Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 8, Mayle hauled in six receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. In that game, Mayle became the program’s single-season receptions leader, breaking the previous record of 82. Mayle has 86 thus far this season.

Mayle also broke the WSU record for receiving yards in a game in the Cougs’ 60-59 loss to Cal on Oct. 4. In that game, Mayle recorded 263 yards and a touchdown. He also had 14 receptions, which is tied with sophomore receiver River Cracraft for the single-game record.

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