NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University senior Darnell Mooney was honored this week by the Tallahasee Quarterback Club Foundation, as he was named to the 2019 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the season’s outstanding FBS receiver in college football.
Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.
Mooney earned the preseason recognition thanks to a breakout junior season where he led the Green Wave in every major receiving category. He finished with 993 yards, 48 receptions and eight touchdowns. Mooney’s 76.4 yards per game and 3.7 receptions per game both ranked in The American’s top 10. His 20.6 yards per catch led the league and ranked sixth nationally. Following his impressive 2018 campaign, Mooney was named All-AAC by Phil Steele Magazine.
Mooney’s honor adds to a growing list of Tulane individuals that have been named to preseason watch lists. Earlier this week, junior defensive lineman Patrick Johnson was chosen to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, senior running back Darius Bradwell was selected as a Doak Walker Candidate and graduate transfer Christian Montano was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.
The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. For a list of voters, please see BiletnikoffAward.com/voters. Receivers are frequently added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
The Biletnikoff Award candidate eligibility and voting criteria, transparently explicit and detailed, are available for review at BiletnikoffAward.com/criteria.
The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the College Football Hall of Fame on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN.
The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is nearly uniformly consistent. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, Terry Glenn, and Larry Fitzgerald.
The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by TQC Foundation Chairman Steve Dobson, III, college and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff, and the dynamic and inspiring keynoter and college football hall of famer Lou Holtz before 550 patrons at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The banquet was hailed by 2014 keynote speaker Dick Vermeil, as well as by 2013 keynoter Larry Csonka, as “the best banquet in college sports.”
The Green Wave open the 2019 season on Thursday, August 29 at home against FIU with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
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