Sept 1, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raider tight end Jace Amaro (22) rushes against the Northwestern State Demons in the second half at Jones AT

Big 12 Gridiron Stars Still In Running For Biletnikoff, Mackey Awards

Baylor wide-receiver Antwan Goodley and Texas Tech tight-end Jace Amaro have been named semifinalists for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award honoring the best receiver in college football. Amaro also is a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, which goes every year to college football’s best tight end.

Goodley, a junior, has been a key cog in Baylor’s high-scoring nation-best offense this season. He ranks fifth in the country and and leads the Big 12 averaging 119.4 receiving yards per game, and he heas 11 touchdown catches this season. Goodley’s 1,075 receiving yards rank fourth all-time at Baylor for a single season.

Amaro also is having an outstanding year. The Texas Tech junior leads the Big 12 in receiving yards with 1,157 through 11 games. He has 92 receptions, also best in the Big 12 and second best in the country, and six touchdowns.

Amaro is the first receiver to  be named a semifinalist for both the Biletnikoff and Mackey Awards since Missouri’s Chase Coffman in 2008.

The two awards are named in honor of former NFL and college greats John Mackey and Fred Biletnikoff. Mackey was a longtime All-Pro tight end for the Baltimore Colts and Biletnikoff was one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game, for the American Football League’s Oakland Raiders.

The finalists for both awards will be announced on Nov. 25 and the winners on Dec. 12 as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Awards Show.


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