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James Washington Wins 2017 Biletnikoff Award for Best Receiver



James Washington is the best receiver in the country, and on Thursday, the senior wideout was recognized officially as such by taking home the Biletnikoff Award given to the best receiver in the country.

Washington won the award over Colorado State’s Michael Gallup and West Virginia’s David Sills.

“I come from a great family — I want to thank my cousin, Rich, my family, and Oklahoma State for giving me an opportunity to showcase myself,” said Washington. “I want to thank [receivers coach] Kasey Dunn as well because he’s been with me through a lot. Without him I wouldn’t be winning this award.”

Washington also gave thanks to his ball-deliverer, Mason Rudolph, pointing to his integrity and friendship as the foundation of their special gridiron connection.

“He’s meant a lot to me. He’s a great guy, great character, big Christian — he’s a great guy to represent people. He’s always there for me, and when I need him and others need him, he’s always there for him.”

Here’s a look at how Washington stacked up in the stat sheet with the other finalists.

Player School Receiving Yards TDs Receptions Yards/Rec
James Washington OSU 1,423 12 69 20.6
Michael Gallup Colorado State 1,345 7 94 14.3
David Sills West Virginia 980 18 60 16.3

This is the third Biletnikoff Award going to Oklahoma State. Washington is the second Cowboy to win the award, joining two-time winner Justin Blackmon. Oklahoma State now boasts the most Biletnikoff Award winners of any school in the history of the award.

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