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CU Buffs’ Laviska Shenault named to Biletnikoff Award watch list

Preseason honors piling up for CU receiver

Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Colorado’s Laviska Shenault was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list.
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Preseason honors continue rolling in for Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault.

On Thursday, the junior was named to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Established in 1994, the award honors the top receiver in the country.

On Monday, Shenault was also named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the top player in college football. He has also been on several preseason All-American lists.

Last year as a sophomore, Shenault played in only nine games because of injury and caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing 17 times for 115 yards and five touchdowns. His 9.6 catches per game led the country and he was fourth with 112.3 receiving yards per game.

Shenault’s 86 catches in 2018 rank as the third-best single-season total in CU history, and his 1,011 yards rank ninth.

CU has never had a player win the Biletnikoff Award, but Rae Carruth was one of three finalists in 1996 and Nelson Spruce one of 10 semifinalists in 2014.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.