The true sophomore leads the Miners with 34 receptions for 515 yards and already has notched three 100-yard games this season. | Photo courtesy UTEP

UTEP’s Cowing added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

UTEP wide receiver Jacob Cowing has been added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, it was announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., on Tuesday.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, released the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List on July 16.

On Tuesday, the Foundation announced the third additions to the watch list, comprising five receivers. See full 2020 Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

Cowing enters the week ranked 10th nationally and second in Conference USA in receiving yards through the first six games of the 2020 season. The true sophomore leads the Miners with 34 receptions for 515 yards and already has notched three 100-yard games this season.

Cowing is one of five C-USA receivers to be named to the watch list, along with Jaelon Darden (UNT), Tim Jones (Southern Miss), Victor Tucker (Charlotte) and Austin Watkins (UAB).

The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted.

Receivers are frequently added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Recently, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation opened the 2020 FanVote. Every fan may vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award FanVote page. The aggregate fan tally will be counted as one official vote to determine semi-finalists (ten receivers), finalists (three receivers), and the winner. In the closest contest in years, the FanVote tally provided the one-vote margin of victory for 2013 winner Brandin Cooks of Oregon State.

The 2020 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by TQC Foundation Chairman George Avant, Jr., keynoter and college hall of famer Chad Hennings, and college and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff before 550 patrons at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The banquet was hailed by 2014 keynote speaker Dick Vermeil, as well as by 2013 keynoter Larry Csonka, as “the best banquet in college sports.”

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was a consensus All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.

Cowing and the Miners (3-3, 0-2 C-USA) return to action this weekend as UTEP hosts North Texas (2-3, 1-2 C-USA) at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday, October 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

The Biletnikoff Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.

Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit to learn more about the association.