Doss on Biletnikoff Award watch list

From IU’s media relations:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior wide receiver Tandon Doss has been named to the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced today. The award is presented annually to the top receiver in college football.

This is the fourth time in five seasons a Hoosier has appeared on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Doss joins James Hardy (2006, 2007 – semifinalist) and Andrew Means (2008).

From the initial list, the Biletnikoff Selection Committee will trim the list to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 15 and from there, three finalists will be announced on Nov. 22. The Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Doss, a first team All-Big Ten selection by the conference media in 2009, led the Hoosiers in receptions in nine games and receiving yards eight times. He paced the team with 962 yards, 77 receptions, five touchdowns and 80.2 yards per game. Doss finished second in the Big Ten and 27th nationally in yards per game and third in the league and tied for 21st nationally in catches per game (6.64).

The Indianapolis native’s 962 yards were 14th in the country and the second most for an underclassman. Doss closed out the year second on IU’s single-season receptions list, just two shy of Hardy’s record of 79 in 2007, and fifth in the school’s single-season yardage rankings.

Along with his three 100-yard receiving games, Doss owned 533 kick return yards, 127 rushing yards, 44 punt return yards and led the conference with 138.8 all-purpose yards per contest. He finished ninth on IU’s single-season list with 1,666 all-purpose yards, surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in seven of the last nine games and eight times in 2009, including a season-best 242 against Purdue.


  1. I am thinking that Doss will not be as much of a letdown as Means was. Excited to watch Doss this year.

  2. Is this the best receiving corps IU has had in the past decade?
    Obv. James Hardy was good and he had Means as a sidekick.
    But depth-wise, I think most Big Ten teams would be happy with a Doss, Belcher, Turner, Wilson depth chart.

  3. Rob, yes. I don’t remember this much talent at WR and the RB’s are good also if Willis can stay healthy. I just wish there was more on defense but if the new CB’s can step in and do well it could balance out ok in the end. I am curious to see how this season pans out!

  4. IU has more than a few very talented offensive players, i.e. NFL talented players. This could be a fun season!

  5. Doss will have to share the ball with Belcher, et al so I don’t imagine him winning this award. But it should be fun to watch these guys play. If they get open, Chap will make the good read and find them.

  6. J Pat, Means was far from a letdown. He had great hands (he had some of the best catches I’ve ever seen an IU player make) and a nice 3-year career, but he was a two-sport athlete who was a perfect compliment to Hardy. He was never envisioned as the No. 1 receiver–I don’t know how he made the Biletnikoff list, pre-season or not. Without Hardy and w/ the terrible instability at quarterback in ’08, he (and pretty much everyone on the team except Kirlew) had kind of a lost season.

  7. Andrew, I expected big big things out of Means his last year. It did not happen! I am not usually the guy that looks up stats but in this case I had to. In 2007 he had 48 catches for 559 yards. I expected even better numbers his senior year and he followed up with 34 for 450. Not sure what else to say…

  8. agree with Jpat… Means was a let down in his senior season, but I believe he was injured some also..??

    on another note, how much has Ben improved? remember the “pass” at northwestern a few years back…

  9. Yes Ryan, we all remember the pass because people can’t seem to quit bringing up one of the stupidest coaching calls this staff has ever made.

  10. I hear ya JPat. I knew he had a decrease in numbers, he even missed a couple games I think. I’m just saying that w/o Hardy and w/ the problems at QB, to expect him to equal or surpass his ’07 numbers was next to impossible. I realize ideally a player’s numbers should increase as he gets older, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. To me, a letdown is Kellen Lewis, who followed up 2 huge seasons w/ a suspension and was never the same once he came back.

    Anyway, who cares. What’s past is prologue. Very excited for the season, as I always am. My brain tells me 5-7, but I really hope we can get another one or two and go bowling. Really wish we played Minnesota this year. And I wish we could play Illinois at home every year.

  11. I think Doss will get the adward. What a player. So versatile.I mean what Hoosier doenst want to cheer on a fellow Hoosier.

    I just hope that the team and the staff step it up this season. Maybe, just maybe work on that defense. And I hope chappell would make his last season as a Hoosier epic. IU has a good team with great players. No sense in letting good things go to waste. GOOD LUCK IU

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