Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton named Biletnikoff semifinalist

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Monday.

The semifinalists were chosen from a large pool of contenders originally announced July 17 and were selected by 190 distinguished members of the National Selection Committee.

Through 10 games this season, Patton has 1,086 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 83 catches, averaging 13.1 yards per catch and 108.6 yards per game.

He is currently sixth in the nation in receptions per game (8.30) and ninth in the nation in receiving yards per game (108.60). He is also fifth in the nation in scoring among receivers (11 TDs).

Patton is joined on the semifinalist list by Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Stedman Bailey (West Virginia), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Austin Franklin (New Mexico State), Coby Hamilton (Arkansas), Austin Hill (Arizona), Deandre Hopkins (Clemson), Marqise Lee (Southern California) and Terrance Williams (Baylor).

Three finalists will be announced Nov. 19. The winner will be announced on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.

Tulane

Santos named Lou Groza Award Star of the Week: Tulane junior Cairo Santos is one of three kickers recognized Monday as a “Star of the Week” by college football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

Santos, named a Lou Groza Award semifinalist the previous Monday, is one of just three qualifying kickers who have yet to miss a field goal this season, and his 17-for-17 mark is the best of them. He hit from 45, 43 and 30 yards and converted two PATs in a 37-23 road loss Saturday at Memphis.