Biletnikoff bungle


Jaxon Shipley led the Longhorns with 55 receiving yards per game.
Jaxon Shipley led the Longhorns with 55 receiving yards per game.

Mike Davis was named to the Biletnikoff watch list Tuesday, along with 47 others. Know who didn't make the list?


Jaxon Shipley, far and away Texas' best receiver last year.


Davis earns the title of "team's leading receiver" because he had a team-leading 44 receptions for a team-leading 609 yards in 13 games played. But there is little argument that Shipley was a better weapon: in 10 games played, he had one less reception and two less yards, two more touchdowns (three) and averaged about 14 more yards per game. He also returned punts and threw three touchdown passes. Shipley had two games with 100 or more receiving yards, Davis had one.


The whole "watch list" routine is getting silly. A top-five receiver in the nation, Clemson's Sammy Watkins, didn't make the list this year because of an offseason arrest -- per award policy -- but could be added at any point during the season.


The Tallahasse Quarterback Club Foundation, the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, also left off Southern California's Marquise Lee, who was 29th in the country with 1,143 receiving yards and tied for 18th with 11 touchdowns.


Truth be told, no Longhorn receiver deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the best in college football -- not yet at least. Nobody on the roster finished in even the top 50 in receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards per game, touchdowns or yards per catch.


But if the Biletnikoff folks are going to insist upon scratching together a far-too-inclusive list of the best receivers in football, you'd like to think they could correctly peg the best receiver on a given team.  


(Psst, it's Shipley).