Trio of in-state receivers added to Biletnikoff Award watch list

Sep 28, 2018; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (2) celebrates his one yard touchdown carry in the third quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Three local wide receivers were included on the 2018 Biletnikoff Award watch list earlier this week. Colorado’s Laviska Shenault was unsurprisingly named to the watch list. Both of Colorado State’s starting wide receivers, Olabisi Johnson and Preston Williams made the cut as well.

In only four games this season, Shenault has already certified himself as one of the nation’s most elite playmakers. The sophomore wide receiver has 38 receptions for 581 yards and four touchdowns. Shenault also has eight carries for 28 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

In Friday night’s victory over UCLA, Shenault finished with a career-best 12 catches for 126 yards as the Buffs moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1998.

Johnson and Williams have also been able to put up numbers for the Rams (1-4), but unfortunately for the versatile playmakers, their individual successes have not translated to victories for the team.

Johnson has been a sure target for the Colorado State quarterbacks, racking up 29 receptions for 436 yards. With four touchdown receptions in 2018, Johnson only needs one more to set a new career-best season total.

On the other side of the field, Williams has proved why he was one of the highest recruited wide receivers in the country. The Tennessee transfer has 39 catches for 511 yards and four touchdowns.

CU will host Arizona State on October 6, with kickoff slated for 2:00 p.m. MT. CSU will hit the road on Oct. 6 and will face San Jose State at CEFCU Stadium.

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