Washington State's Gabe Marks named to Biletnikoff watch list

IN ONE OF the most unsurprising developments of the offseason, Washington State senior wide receiver Gabe Marks was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list on Wednesday. A Cougar receiver has never won the award. Last season, Marks was one of 10 semifinalists. And other than Marks, only two of those semifinalists return in 2016.

It might end up being a Pac-12 duel for the Biletnikoff in 2016.

Marks and USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster are two of last year's three semifinalists to return this season. Western Kentucky's Taywan Taylor is the only other Biletnikoff semifinalist from '15 who hasn't either graduated or moved on to the NFL.

Marks (6-0, 188) racked up 1,196 receiving yards on 104 receptions with 15 TD receptions in 2015, earning first team All-Pac-12 honors. His 15 touchdown receptions were a WSU single-season record.

Marks is already WSU's all-time leading receiver with 227 career grabs. With 68 more receptions, he will become the all-time Pac-12 leader (Nelson Spruce, Colorado).  He is also within striking distance for the career TD receptions mark at WSU with 24 (Jason Hill, 32, 2003-06).

-- The Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best college receiver, was established in 1994. Previous winner from the Pac-12 are Troy Walters (Stanford, 1999) Mike Haas (Oregon State, 2005) Marquise Lee (USC, 2012) and Brandin Cooks (Oregon State, 2013).

-- Marks was named last week to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the best college football player in the nation.

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