Hamilton Named Biletnikoff Semifinalist


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton has had a record-setting season with the Razorbacks, catching 73 passes for 1,149 yards with 4 touchdowns.

The senior’s performance has placed him in the running for the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top receiver. Hamilton was among the 10 semifinalists announced Monday. Three finalists will be named Nov. 19.

“He’s one of the top receivers in the country and I get to throw it to him every day,” Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said Monday. “That’s exciting for me to have a guy like that on my team and try to get it in his hands as much as I can.”

Hamilton leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards a game (114.9). He holds the SEC’s single-game record for receiving yards (303) and also eclipsed former Hog Jarius Wright’s records in both single-season receptions and yards. Hamilton can become the school’s all-time leader in both categories with 267 receiving yards and 11 catches the next two weeks.

The other Biletnikoff semifinalists include: West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, New Mexico State’s Austin Franklin, Arizona’s Austin Hill, Clemson’s Deandre Hopkins, USC’s Marqise Lee, Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton and Baylor’s Terrance Williams.

Hamilton has caught at least one pass in 32 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the SEC. He’ll try to extend it at Mississippi State on Saturday.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau