Brock Bowers named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Brock Bowers has done everything for Georgia this season. So if the sophomore is snubbed for the second year in a row for the John Mackey Award for college football’s top tight end, maybe he can steal awards from a few other positions. A week after being named a finalist for the Lombardi Award, presented to the nation’s top college lineman, Bowers was announced as one of 12 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top recipient.

The Biletnikoff Award “recognizes the outstanding FBS receiver of the college football season, regardless of position. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, split end, inside receiver, slot back, or running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver, not just the outstanding Wide Receiver.” Winner will be selected by Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group affiliated with college football Journalists, commentators and former recipients.

In the 25-year history of the Biletnikoff Prize, Georgia has never won a player. No tight end has ever won the award and only one tight end, Florida’s Kyle Pitts in 2020, made it as a finalist for the award. The 2021 Biletnikoff Prize winners will be announced during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday December 8th. Bowers is a first-team All-American selection by Athlon Sports and Walter Camp in the preseason and a second-team All-American selection by Sporting News.


In 11 starts this season, Bowers has 41 catches for team-leading 625 yards and four touchdowns, along with four carries for 89 yards and three touchdowns. He is third among FBS tight ends in receiving yards, fourth in yards per receiving, and second among tight ends in touchdowns scored. Bowers has been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and SEC Freshman of the Week twice in 2021.

When Bowers was snubbed for the Mackey Award in 2021, he was named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team, the USA Today and the ESPN All-America First Team, the Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year, the AP SEC Freshman of nominated the Year, Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year and 247Sports Freshman of the Year. He played in all 15 games and made 13 starts, 56 catches for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns, all program records for a season for a tight end, with the 13 touchdown catches also being a program record for any passcatcher. His 10 receptions in the SEC championship game set a record for tight ends in that game. He also had four carries for 56 yards and one touchdown.

“The tight end position evolved in the NFL, so it trickled down to high school and college offenses.” Kirby Smart said about Bowers in September. “But it’s really about who the guy is, isn’t it? It’s not that everyone just wants to say that the tight ends are being used more. Well, if you’ve got a tight end, the 4.5 (40-yard dash), then you know it’s a viable option. It’s a threat in the passing game. If he’s physically and strong enough to block and block at the perimeter, give me any player who weighs 235 pounds and can walk 4.5 feet. “We’ll find a way to use it. I think that has a lot to do with his (Bower’s) ability.”

The John Mackey Award will be presented on ESPN on December 8th at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

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