Chris Olave on Ohio State WRs being snubbed from Biletnikoff Award: 'All 3 of us should've been on there'
Purdue junior David Bell joined Pitt sophomore Jordan Addison and Alabama junior Jameson Williams as the three finalists named Tuesday for the Biletnikoff Award.
The fact no current Ohio State players were a finalist for the award given annually to the nation’s most outstanding pass catcher did not sit well with senior Chris Olave of the fourth-ranked Buckeyes (10-1).
Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba have all been outstanding this season. When asked for his thoughts on it, Olave gave a pretty honest assessment.
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On no OSU WRs being Biletnikoff finalists, Chris Olave says he thinks "all three of us should've been on there," but wasn't surprised that none of them were.
— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) November 23, 2021
Honestly, it’s hard to argue with Bell, Addison and Williams being this year’s three finalists.
Bell has 1,207 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 87 catches this season for Purdue (7-4). His 8.7 catches per game is third nationally, and his 102.7 receiving yards per game is fourth. He was huge in top-five wins over Iowa (11 catches for 240 yards and one TD on Oct. 16) and Michigan State (11 receptions for 217 yards and one score on Nov. 6).
Addison leads the nation with TDs on 15 of his 74 receptions, and his 1,272 receiving yards are first among Power Five receivers. In last week’s win over Virginia, he had 202 yards and four scores on 14 receptions as the 18th-ranked Panthers (9-2) clinched the ACC’s Coastal Division crown.
An Ohio State transfer, Williams is tied for second nationally with 13 TD catches for the second-ranked Crimson Tide (10-1). His 1,218 receiving yards are sixth in the country. He’s racked up those numbers on only 59 receptions and has three TD catches in each of the past two games in wins over New Mexico State and Arkansas.
To compare, Ohio State’s top three receivers this season are sophomore Smith-Njigba (69 catches for 1,132 yards and six TDs), junior Wilson (60 receptions for 939 yards and 11 scores) and Olave (58 catches for 848 yards and 13 TDs).