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Two more Washington State receivers have been added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list as River Cracraft and Vince Mayle joined teammate Isiah Myers on Tuesday, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Tuesday. The award is given annually to college football's best receiver.
The Cougars join Baylor as the only teams with three players on the watch list.
Cracraft and Mayle are each coming off career performances in WSU's 60-59 loss to California last Saturday. Cracraft caught 11 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs, in the defeat. The sophomore ranks fifth nationally with 8.6 receptions per game and No. 11 nationally with 576 receiving yards despite missing the Nevada game.
Mayle set a school single-game record against the Golden Bears with 263 receiving yards, including a 90-yard touchdown. His 703 receiving yards rank fourth nationally.
There is a fan component to the award. The public can vote on the Biletnikoff Award website. The fan tally will be used to determine one vote to determine semi-finalists, finalists and the winner.
Left guard Gunnar Eklund, linebacker Mitch Peterson and receiver River Cracraft were available to speak with the media during Washington State's weekly Monday press conference. Highlights from those interviews are after the jump.
From Phoenix Airport — It's that time again. Time to take an analytical eye and breakdown the performance of WSU's individual units in the New Mexico Bowl. While there were lots of impressive individual statistics for the Cougars, to give great grades after a 48-45 loss would make me guilty of worse grade inflation than Griffin Elementary School.
Grades after the jump.