Woods named to list
The postseason hardware looks like it might find its way into the hands of USC sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who has put up some impressive numbers in just his second season with the Trojansâ program.
The second-year wideout has been named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the college footballâs best receiver.
Woods ranks seventh in total receiving yards (1,126), fourth in total catches (92) and ties for fourth in touchdowns (11). All of those marks put him first in the Pac-12.
Woods is on pace to pass former USC receiver Keyshawn Johnsonâs mark for the Pac-12 and USC record for most receptions in a season at 102.
Woods was named one of 10 semifinalists Monday, joining fellow Pac-12 sophomore, Californiaâs Kennan Allen along with Baylorâs Kendall Wright, Oklahoma Stateâs Justin Blackmon, Western Michiganâs Jordan White, Oklahomaâs Ryan Broyles, Clemsonâs Sammy Watkins, Houstonâs Patrick Edwards, Notre Dameâs Michael Floyd and Illinoisâ A.J. Jenkins.
Before last Saturdayâs game against Washington, in which Woods caught a mere two passes for five yards, Woods seldom had a poor week, his worst outing being the five-catch, 36-yard performance against California at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Oct. 13.
This season Woods has already broken USC records for receptions in a game â 17 against Minnesota during the teamâs season opener on Sept. 3 â and yards in a game â 255 during an Oct. 1 game against Arizona.
Since the awardâs inception in 1994, no USC wide receiver has ever won the award.
The finalists of the Biletnikoff Award will be announced Nov. 21, and the winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated Robert Woods recorded seven receptions against Minnesota. He actually had 17.