IU junior wide receiver James Hardy has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s outstanding receiver, according to a news release from IU.
The Biletnikoff Award is named for College and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff and is presented by the Tallahassee (Fla.) Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.
Indiana’s all-time receiving TDs leader is putting together one of the best seasons in IU history with 881 receiving yards (sixth-best season in IU history), 57 receptions (fourth best) and 13 touchdown receptions (tied for best ever). Hardy ranks second nationally and leads all Big Ten wideouts with those 13 scores and is on the brink of becoming the Hoosiers’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage, sitting one reception and 28 yards behind Courtney Roby in those categories.
The Fort Wayne native is the only receiver in Indiana history to surpass 2,000 career yards (2,496 -Â second all-time), 150 career receptions (169 – second all-time) and 30 career touchdowns (33 -Â first all-time). On the season, he sits third in the Big Ten averaging 88.1 yards per game (22nd nationally), is sixth with 5.70 receptions per game and is ninth in scoring with 7.8 points per game.
Three other Biletnikoff semifinalists are from the Big Ten — Purdue’s Dorien Bryant, Michigan’s Mario Manningham and Ohio State’s Brian Robiskies.
Three finalists for the award will be selected in November and the winner will be announced on the ESPN College Awards Show on Dec. 6.