HATTIESBURG -- For his outstanding play this season, Southern Miss senior wide receiver Mike Thomas earned a spot on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Wednesday.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., (TQC Foundation), the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the college football season's outstanding receiver, added Thomas to this prestigious list. Anyone who catches a pass, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, inside receiver, or running back) is eligible to win the Biletnikoff Award. Founded in 1994, the Biletnikoff Award is a season, not career, award.
Thomas, from Chicago, leads the team in receiving yards with 653 yards on 36 catches and six touchdowns for an average of 93.3 receiving yards per game. Despite missing a game with an injury, Thomas currently holds five consecutive games of 100-yard receiving games -- a Southern Miss school record -- and ranks tied for second with DeAndre Brown in that category for a career with seven.
Of his six touchdown receptions, he has scoring catches of 69 yards at Charlotte, 62 versus North Texas and 47 against UTSA. In addition, Thomas tallied two more catches of 40-or-more yards during the campaign.
The Foundation will add players to the watch list at appropriate times this season up to the transmission of the final watch list to the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee on November 8. Foundation trustees cannot serve as voters and have never voted.
The Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, comprised of 312 distinguished voters, may add players to the watch list after receiving the final watch list from the Foundation. The six receivers joining this season's Biletnikoff Award Watch List in the third additions of 2015, the prestigious award's 22nd year.