TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson
and Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija were among the finalists named
for the Biletnikoff Award on Friday.
Rice's Jarett Dillard was the other finalist for the award,
named for College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred
Biletnikoff and presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club
Foundation on Dec. 7 to the nation's most outstanding
A junior who often is double-teamed, Johnson has 52 catches for
808 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets. He is
considered a top-three pick in the NFL draft were he to bypass
his final year of eligibility.
A senior who holds numerous school records, Samardzija has 55
receptions for 792 yards and nine TDs for the Fighting Irish.
Just a sophomore, Dillard has 71 receptions for 958 yards and a
national-best 16 TDs for the Owls. He has caught a touchdown in
12 consecutive games, the longest streak in the country and
third longest in NCAA history.