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CSU’s Rashard Higgins named semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins has been named a semifinalists for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the best receiver in college football.

The sophomore from Mesquite, Texas leads the nation with 13 receiving touchdowns and 142.2 receiving yards per game. Higgins is also second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,280 despite missing one game due to injury. He is 13 yards shy of setting the CSU single-season record.

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Back in July, Higgins became one of just five underclassmen in the country named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. Monday, he was named one of the 10 semifinalists for the award along with USC’s Nelson Agholor, Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Florida State’s Rashad Greene, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, Washington State’s Vince Mayle, Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard, Colorado’s Nelson Spruce, Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong and West Virginia’s Kevin White.

Higgins is the only player from the Mountain West to be named a semifinalist. The field will be narrowed to three finalists on Monday, November 24. Fans can help determine which three receivers will advance by voting on the Biletnikoff Award Fan Vote website.

The winner of the 2014 Biletnikoff Award will be named live on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The award is named after former Florida State receiver Fred Biletnikoff and is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Previous winners of the award include Brandin Cooks (2013), Golden Tate (2009), Michael Crabtree (2007, 2008), Calvin Johnson (2006), Larry Fitzgerald (2003) and Randy Moss (1997).

Collegian Sports Reporter Emmett McCarthy can be reached by email at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @emccarthy22.

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