Quinton Patton Named Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Nov. 12, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Monday.

The semifinalists were chosen from a large pool of contenders originally announced on the preseason Watch List on July 17 and were selected by 190 distinguished members of the National Selection Committee.

Through 10 games this season, Patton leads the Bulldogs with 1,086 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 83 catches, averaging 13.1 yards per catch and 108.6 yards per game.

The La Vergne, Tenn. native is currently sixth in the nation in receptions per game (8.30) and ninth in the nation in receiving yards per game (108.60).  He is also fifth in the nation in scoring among receivers (11 touchdowns) this season.

Earlier this season Patton tied a school record with 21 receptions against then No. 22 Texas A&M with a career 233 receiving yards. In that game, Louisiana Tech scored 57 points against the Aggies, the most points Texas A&M has ever allowed against a non-conference opponent. The Aggies are currently ranked in the top 10.

Patton is joined on the semifinalist list by Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Stedman Bailey (West Virginia), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Austin Franklin (New Mexico State), Coby Hamilton (Arkansas), Austin Hill (Arizona), Deandre Hopkins (Clemson), Marqise Lee (Southern California) and Terrance Williams (Baylor).

The vote for the three Biletnikoff Award Finalists by the National Selection Committee will open on November 14th and close on November 18th.  The three Finalists will be announced on Monday, November 19th. The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6, 2012.

About the Biletnikoff Award

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver (the award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass) by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. (TQC). The TQC Foundation, Inc. is an independent, charitable organization that was founded in 1994. Present Chairman and Founding Trustee, Professor Walter W. Manley II, Founding Trustee L. Thomas Cox, Jr., Founding Trustee Rocky Bevis, and Founding Trustee Bob Teel established the award and the TQC Foundation, Inc. that sponsors it.  Many more trustees have contributed to its development as one of the most prominent awards in college football. The idea of a college receiver's award was not a novel one, as a number of organizations throughout America considered establishing it; however, the TQC Foundation, Inc. joined the idea to the organization's vision and created an outstanding award and dynamic organization. The trophy, presented to each winner, is the most beautiful individual award trophy in college football - it has won several national awards for design excellence and aesthetic appeal.

National College Football Awards Association

The Biletnikoff Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, www.NCFAA.org.

Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award. The Foundation administers the Biletnikoff Award, its charitable activities, and the distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Foundation Trustees are prohibited from serving on the National Selection Committee. For a full recounting of the Foundation's activities, please consult www.BiletnikoffAward.com.


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