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Tre'Quan Smith named to Biletnikoff Award watch list

Smith nominated for best receiver in college football

ORLANDO, FL - Tre'Quan Smith of UCF reaches for a first down along the sideline after a reception against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first half of the game at Bright House Networks Stadium on November 12, 2016.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - Tre'Quan Smith of UCF reaches for a first down along the sideline after a reception against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first half of the game at Bright House Networks Stadium on November 12, 2016.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Just after UCF was predicted by AAC media to finish second in the American East for 2017, redshirt junior wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith earned an honor of his own when he was nominated to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

Coming off a big season on the gridiron, Smith, who joins the list of players nominated as best receiver in college football, will look to be a big weapon in 2017.

Under the leadership of head coach Scott Frost, Smith had 57 receptions in 2016, totaling 853 yards and five touchdowns. Averaging 65.6 yards a game, Smith surpassed 100 yards in four matches.

The award is named after Fred Biletnikoff, a member of both the pro and college halls of fame. Biletnikoff was an All-American receiver at Florida State and was a dominant player for the Oakland Raiders.

Smith joins Shaquem Griffin, Jordan Akins, Matthew Wright and Jamiyus Pittman as Knights nominated for awards. The winner of Smith's award will be chosen by the National Selection Committee after ten semifinalists are chosen on Nov. 13. 

Past winners of the award include Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, Brandon Cooks and Amari Cooper. However, maybe the most influential past winner that Smith has been bettered by is UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters.