3 Colorado Buffaloes football players named to preseason watch lists

Michel CooperLast Update : Tuesday 18 July 2017 - 6:28 PM
3 Colorado Buffaloes football players named to preseason watch lists

Three Colorado seniors were named to 2017 preseason watch lists on Tuesday: Shay Fields and Devin Ross for the Biletnikoff Award and Derek McCartney for the Wuerffel Trophy.

The Biletnikoff award, given annually by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club foundation, recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver at any position (any player who catches a pass is eligible).

The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded each year by the All Sports Association. It’s given to the FBS player who best combines community involvement with athletic and academic achievement.

Fields, who was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention a year ago, leads all returning players in the conference with 1,929 career yards receiving. On the Buffs’ all-time receiving charts, he ranks sixth in receptions (144), ninth in touchdown receptions (17) and 10th in yards.

Ross led Colorado with 66 receptions as a junior last season. Also an All-Pac-12 honorable selection a year ago, he had five TD receptions in 2016 and is tied for 15th in school history in receptions (97) and 21st in yards receiving (1,113).

McCartney was one of 12 players in Division I last season selected to the AFCA Good Works Team, which celebrates those who dedicate time to community involvement. McCartney, who is currently a graduate student in Colorado’s integrative physiology program, has 25 starts in 27 career games heading into 2017.

The 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 7.

Finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on Nov. 22 and the award’s recipient will be formally announced at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on Dec. 5.

Source: denverpost

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