Needville High School alumnus and Rice University junior wide receiver Brady Rozner has been named to the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, which was announced on Thursday by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.
The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver.
The award does not necessarily have to go to a wide receiver and can be selected from a pool of players at wide receiver, tight end, slot back and running back.
Rozner burst onto the scene last season with the Owls after starting his collegiate career at Cisco Junior College.
At Cisco, Rozner collected 616 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in the span of nine games.
Back in the Houston area, Rozner led the Owls with 770 receiving yards and five touchdowns while placing second with 55 receptions.
He was also second in Conference USA with four 100-yard receiving games, including a season-high 138 yards at UTSA and earned honorable mention all-conference honors from C-USA coaches.
Rozner was the first Rice receiver to top the century mark four times in a season since Jordan Taylor in 2014.
He sprinted out of the gate with a pair of 100-yard receiving days in his first four games, the first Owl to do so since 2006 Biletnikoff finalist Jarett Dillard and James Casey each topped the mark in the first four games of the 2008 campaign.
Semifinalists, finalists, and award recipients are selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted.
Receivers are frequently added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
The Biletnikoff Award candidate eligibility, voting pool and voting criteria, transparently explicit and detailed, are available for review at http://biletnikoffaward.com/.