While chatter about the race for the Heisman will grow louder, more prevalent, and more obnoxious in the upcoming weeks, the battle for the Biletnikoff Award won’t receive (ba-dum-cha!) as much attention. With all due respect to players like Paul Richardson of Colorado and Antwan Goodley of Baylor, the award will likely be handed to either Mike Evans of the Texas A&M Aggies or Brandin Cooks of the Oregon State Beavers.
Despite their respective teams have different outcomes this past Saturday, both Evans and Cooks turned in monster performances. Evans torched the Auburn secondary for 287 yards and four touchdowns on 11 catches, while Cooks caught 13 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown against Cal.
With each receiver having played in seven games, here’s a comparison of their stats. National rankings are in the parentheses. (All stats from cfbstats.com)
Evans: 43 (30th)
Cooks: 76 (1st)
Evans: 1,024 (2nd)
Cooks: 1,176 (1st)
Yards per catch
Evans: 24.61 (1st)
Cooks: 15.47 (89th)
Evans: 9 (4th)
Cooks: 12 (1st)
Arguments can be made for both players with regards to who deserves the be named the top receiver in the nation. Evans plays in the tougher conference, but he has the advantages of a) being 6-foot-5 and b) having last year’s Heisman winner throwing him the ball. Cooks, on the other hand, is only 5-foot-10, and quarterback Sean Mannion, who is having a ridiculous season in his own right, wasn’t even guaranteed to be the starter before the year began.
So who would you rather have, FanSiders? Sound off in the comments below.