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Penn State’s Jahan Dotson Announced as Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Photo by Penn State: Receiver Jahan Dotson

It’s been a tough stretch of play for Penn State’s offense lately, but senior Jahan Dotson has continued to put together his most complete season in Happy Valley.

With the 1,000-yard plateau just on the horizon, Dotson has been announced as a semifinalist for the 2021 Biletnikoff Award — the honor given to the most outstanding receiver in college football regardless of position.

Dotson has racked up 993 yards and nine touchdowns on 80 receptions this season, nearly matching his previous three seasons of receptions in just 10 games this season. As the leading pass catcher in the Big Ten (second in both receiving yards and touchdowns), he’s been the Nittany Lions’ top playmaker all season long.

Already a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and lauded as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft, Dotson’s excellent senior season has continued to draw national recognition.

The other semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award are Pitt’s Jordan Addison, Purdue’s David Bell, North Carolina’s Josh Downs, USC’s Drake London, Ohio State’s Chris Olave, Wake Forest’s A.T. Perry, Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns, Utah State’s Deven Thompkins and Alabama’s Jameson Williams.

Three finalists for college football’s top receiver will be announced on Nov. 21, with voting taking place until Nov. 21. The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.

Former Lions receiver Bobby Engram is the only PSU player to be honored with the award in program history, winning the inaugural Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

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