2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List: Pitt wideout Tyler Boyd makes the cut

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The award watch lists continue to run and Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd is on another one. This time, Boyd was named to the Biletnikoff watch list - the award is given to the top receiver in college football.

Boyd was one of only five sophomores on the list. Pitt, of course, has some great history with the award as both Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant both won it in the past. The Panthers are one of only four schools (others are Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Oregon State) to have more than one Biletnikoff trophy.

It's pretty obvious that Boyd should have been on the list as he's one of the best wideouts in the conference and was one of the top freshmen receivers in the nation last year. Unlike the Maxwell or the Hornung (he received preseason consideration for both) where Boyd will have a difficult shot to win, the Pitt receiver should have more of a shot to be in contention for this one.

Boyd's 1,170 yards ranked 20th in the nation last year and many of the players ahead of him have graduated or gone to the pros. Nine of the top ten receivers in terms of yardage last year are all gone, so Boyd has a more realistic shot at the award.

Here's the full watch list per CBS Sports:

Nelson Agholor, USC
Dres Anderson, Utah
Kenny Bell, Nebraska
Tyler Boyd, Pitt
Da'Ron Brown, Northern Illinois
Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana-Monroe
Sammie Coates, Auburn
Amari Cooper, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Duke
Titus Davis, Central Michigan
Geremy Davis, UConn
Devante Davis, UNLV
Quinshad Davis, North Carolina
Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Devin Funchess, Michigan
Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Deontay Greenberry, Houston
Rashad Greene, Florida State
Rannell Hall, UCF
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Josh Harper, Fresno State
Chris Harper, Cal
Nick Harwell, Kansas
Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
Austin Hill, Arizona
Christian Jones, Northwestern
Darius Joseph, SMU
Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Matt Miller, Boise State
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Richard Mullaney, Oregon State
Jamarcus Nelson, UAB
Levi Norwood, Baylor
DeVante Parker, Louisville
Breshad Perriman, UCF
Jamal Robinson, Louisiana-Lafayette
Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State
Dominic Rufran, Wyoming
Wes Saxton, South Alabama
Jaxon Shipley, Texas
Tommy Shuler, Marshall
Devin Smith, Ohio State
Shavarez Smith, South Alabama
Daniel Spencer, Houston
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
Jordan Taylor, Rice
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Richy Turner, Nevada
Shaq Washington, Cincinnati
Jordan Williams, Ball State
Tyler Winston, San Jose State
Shane Wynn, Indiana

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