Philyor named to Biletnikoff watch list

Indiana senior Whop Philyor has been named to the Biletnikoff Award’s preseason watch list.

Philyor had a breakout season in the slot in 2019, hauling in 70 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. His three double-digit catch games were a single-season program record for IU.

The Tampa., Fla., native had a combined 570 yards in two previous seasons, which were somewhat curtailed by injury.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference’s coaches, Philyor was added to the Biletnikoff Award’s list midseason in 2019. Now, he’s one of 55 players on the initial list for 2020.

The Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s most outstanding FBS receiver, though it’s not strictly for wide receivers. Any player who catches a pass is eligible.

Philyor is the third Hoosier in four days to be named to a preseason watch list. Sophomore corner Tiawan Mullen was named to the Bednarik Award’s list, while junior running back Stevie Scott was selected for the initial Doak Walker list.

The Davey O’Brien Award’s list was also named this week. The Mackey Award will reveal its list Friday.


  1. Stabler to Biletnikoff!
    But do we have a Kenny Stabler? We have a Penix not exactly stabler than most. We have no Ramsey and everyone else at the position has barely had a snap.
    The durability and health of our starting qb will be our major “watch list.”

  2. And for all intents and purposes, a more brutal schedule, consisting of all Big10 opponents (no soft non-conferences pushovers), places the durability of our previously fragile qb into a greater unknown.

    Don’t recall a season with more challenges, uncertainty and vast unpredictability.

    No 12th man/large number of fans and the extra push for an underdog in the form of adrenaline rushes?
    Potential roster disruptions due to chances of Covid infections? What is the resultant effect for teams with less overall talent depth?
    Durability of our qb?
    A far more challenging schedule featuring only conference opponents?

    Add all of those uncertainties atop a notoriously struggling Big10 team which has been selling “breakthrough” over the last couple seasons?

    Predictions? Cue the Clubber Lang tape.

  3. A more appropriate metaphor for our pandemic-altered football season might be ‘Sliders’ rather than ‘Whoppers.’

  4. It is good to see IU players receiving preseason recognition. H4H the break through season talk was the goal for the team. So far they didn’t accomplish that against B1G East teams. They did do that last year as IU had a 5-4 record in the conference. I hope we move from being “sliders” and become “whoppers” this next season.

  5. The season of Lists has just started. I remember the players on lists last year. Seemed like half the team of 22 defense and offense starters were on some kind of list. I expect the same this year.

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