Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook has won the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver.
In the regular season, Westbrook finished with 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns. Most of that production came over the final nine games of the season after being slowed by a pulled muscle suffered in fall camp. His first notable performance of the season came in the shootout against against TCU, the first of his eight 100-plus-yard performances.
His best performance came at the Cotton Bowl against Texas, where he finished the game with three touchdowns and a school-record 232 receiving yards.
A week later, Westbrook finished with nine catches for 184 yards and three scores against Kansas State, and the Biletnikoff hype train’s wheels began to turn. From then on, there was no stopping Dede Westbrook.
Westbrook’s fellow candidates were Northwestern’s Austin Carr (84 catches, 1,196 yards, 12 touchdowns) and East Carolina’s Zay Jones (158 catches, 1,746 yards, 8 touchdowns) had tremendous seasons, but Dede made jaws drop across the country with some of the most tremendous plays of the 2016 college football season.