Robert Woods Named Biletnikoff Award Finalist

    Robert Woods.

    Nov. 21, 2011


    USC sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods was named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top collegiate receiver.

    Woods is joined as a Biletnikoff finalist by Oklahoma State Justin Blackmon, who won the award last year, and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, who was a finalist in 2010.

    The presentation of the Biletnikoff Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN,, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. The award is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.

    Keyshawn Johnson in 1995, Mike Williams in 2003 and Dwayne Jarrett in 2005 were USC's previous finalists.

    In 2011, Woods has 99 receptions for 1,179 yards (11.9 average) with 13 TDs, plus 17 kickoff returns for 393 yards (23.1 average) and 12 punt returns for 109 yards (9.1 average). He currently is fifth nationally in receptions (9.0, first in Pac-12), 11th in receiving yards (107.2, third in Pac-12) and 14th in all-purpose running (154.3, fourth in Pac-12). He is 1 of only 2 players in the nation in the Top 14 in each of those categories. Only 3 others players in the nation have more catches, only 4 have more receiving TDs and only 8 players have more receiving yards.

    He is 3 catches shy of tying the Pac-12 and USC season record for receptions (102 by Keyshawn Johnson in 1995 is both the league and school mark). His 13 TD catches in 2011 is tied for ninth on the Pac-12 season list. Five of his 13 TD catches in 2011 have been at least 28 yards.

    He ranks fourth on USC's career kickoff return list (1,364 yards) and eighth on the career pass catching ladder (164 receptions). He has 8 100-yard receiving games in his career (6 in 2011), including twice with 200 yards (joining Keyshawn Johnson and Dwayne Jarrett as the only Trojans to have done that), and 4 career outings with double digit receptions (all in 2011).

    He was one of 16 semifinalists for the 2011 Maxwell Award.