Monday, August 9, 2010

Countdown to 2010 - #25 Fred Biletnikoff

Years: 1962-64

Position: Wide receiver

The Buzz: Biletnikoff could put on shows catching passes before offenses relied on the passing game. The Pro Football Hall of Famer played 14 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, catching 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns.

Stats: He caught 57 passes and 11 touchdowns during his senior season. Biletnikoff had 87 receptions for 1,463 yards and 16 touchdowns in his FSU career.

Honors: He became Florida State's first NCAA consensus All-American in 1964. The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the top receiver in college football.

Great moment: Biletnikoff caught 13 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-19 victory against Oklahoma in the 1964 Gator Bowl.

Quote: "Every time I looked downfield, he was open, and every time I threw him the ball, he caught it. He caught the ball like he had glue on his hands." — quarterback Steve Tensi, quoted in the book Seminoles! The First Forty Years

Captain's Memories: None, duh... Although every receiver in history will be compared to Frederick because of the Fred Biletnikoff Award that honors the great receiver and his abilities.

No FSU video that I could find but this is a great video showing some amazing catches but also some very good football minds speaking his praises. BONUS: Al Davis is still alive and talking in this video!

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