TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., announced Monday morning that Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt is one of 12 semifinalists for the 2022 Biletnikoff Award.
The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.
The junior from Irmo, South Carolina, has put together a historic 2022 campaign for the Big Orange. Hyatt’s school-record 15 touchdowns lead the FBS, while his 1,181 receiving yards and 107.4 yards per game lead the SEC and rank third nationally.
A semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year, Hyatt leads the country with five multi-touchdown receiving efforts and sits third nationally with five 100-yard games. He is tops in the FBS in 30+ yard receiving plays (14), 40+ yard receiving plays (10), 50+ yard plays (6) and 60+ yard receiving plays (4). He has produced more 40-yard receiving plays this season (10) than 11 SEC teams have recorded as a team.
With six catches for 65 yards this past weekend at South Carolina, Hyatt moved into second place in UT single-season history in receiving yards (1,181) and is 117 yards shy of tying the program record. His SEC-leading 64 receptions are tied for the eighth-most in school history. On the career charts, Hyatt’s 19 receiving touchdowns tie with Peerless Price as the fourth-most ever recorded by a Tennessee Volunteer.
Hyatt joins three former Vols that have been tabbed as semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award: Joey Kent (1996), Kelley Washington (2001) and Robert Meachem (2006).
The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of 610 prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Three finalists will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, before the winner is announced Thursday, Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards show, set to air on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET.
2022 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists
Jordan Addison, USC
Brock Bowers, Georgia
Nathaniel Dell, Houston
Josh Downs, North Carolina
Zay Flowers, Boston College
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State
Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee
Quentin Johnston, TCU
Charlie Jones, Purdue
Rashee Rice, SMU
Keylon Stokes, Tulsa