Record-breaking Vanderbilt receiver Earl Bennett has been recognized for his outstanding season as a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The organization named Bennett one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious award on Monday.
Bennett became the Southeastern Conference's all-time leading receiver last Saturday against Miami (Ohio), passing former Kentucky standout Craig Yeast with his 209th career catch early in the game that Vanderbilt eventually captured 24-13.
Bennett, currently leading the SEC with 54 receptions, is a big reason why Vanderbilt is 5-3 overall for the first time in seven years and within one victory of its first six-win campaign in 25 years.
Besides topping the SEC and ranking 19th in the NCAA in receptions, Bennett is third in the conference with 639 receiving yards.
Bennett and another of the Biletnikoff semifinalists, Percy Harvin of Florida, will square off this Saturday in Gainesville. Other semifinalists are Dorien Bryant of Purdue, Keenan Burton of Kentucky, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, Harry Douglas of Louisville, James Hardy of Indiana, California's DeSean Jackson, Mario Manningham of Michigan, Jordy Nelson of Kansas State, Brian Robiskie of Ohio State and Chris Williams of New Mexico State.
The award is presented annually on the The Home Depot College Awards Show on ESPN. The group hosts the party at Walt Disney World for the finalist and sponsoring organizations of the many awards presented on ESPN.