LSU junior wide receiver Rueben Randle and University of Louisiana at Lafayette senior tight end Ladrius Green are two of 75 players named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced Thursday.
Randle, a native of Bastrop, was one of 11 receivers from the Southeastern Conference to make the initial list.
Last season Randle started nine of 13 games and made 33 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns. He grabbed four passes for 71 yards and a 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter of LSU’s season-opening win against North Carolina.
The biggest performance of his career came when he accumulated 125 yards receiving on three catches in the Tigers’ 24-21 win over No. 5 Alabama. His 75-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Tide was LSU’s longest passing play of the season.
Green was one of the nation’s most prolific receivers last year leading all tight ends nationally in receiving yardage (794), receiving yards per game (79.4) and receiving yards per catch (18.0), which is how he’s turned the rare trick of being nominated for both the Biletnikoff and Mackey Awards.
Green enters his senior season with a plethora of preseason honors. In addition to the Mackey Watch List and Biletnikoff Award Watch List, Green is on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) D-I FBS Tight End Trophy Watch List.
EX-TIGER SCHOLARSHIP FINALIST: Former LSU running back Orlando Gunn was named one of 10 finalists for the 2010-11 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship.
The award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.
The winners of the award each receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used toward their postgraduate studies in athletic administration.
Gunn, a native of Harker Hights, Texas, was well-known during his tenure at LSU for his outstanding commitment to service in the Baton Rouge community.