Antwan Goodley Early Favorite for 2014 Biletnikoff Award with Baylor Bears

By Tyler Brett

The Baylor Bears won the Big 12 in 2013 behind the explosives plays of their high-powered offensive attack. With Bryce Petty returning at quarterback, the Bears figure to get off to another fast start in 2014 as they set out to defend their conference title and make a run at the College Football Playoff this postseason. Helping Bayl0r’s cause even further is the return of Antwan Goodley who should be on the short list of college football’s best receivers this fall and a shoe-in to be a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award at season’s end.

Goodley is a powerful playmaker in a small frame with the ability to break a game open at any moment. The 5-foot-11 senior has been clocked in the 40 at 4.39 seconds and squats 660 pounds. He uses that speed and strength on the football field extremely well and finished No. 13 in the nation in receiving yards last season racking up 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 71 receptions. He averaged 18.9 yards per receptions and had the most catches of at least 60 yards (5) of anyone in college football.

And he should be in for an even bigger year in 2014. This season, Goodley steps into the featured receiver role for Baylor after splitting the spotlight with Tevin Reese in 2013. Now that Reese has graduated, Goodley is the man for the Baylor receiving corps though he’ll still have plenty of help. Levi Norwood, Corey Coleman, and Clay Fuller return for 2014 after each caught more than 30 passes last season and averaged more than 15 yards per reception.

In short, Baylor is no short supply for playmakers in the passing game but Antwan Goodley is on a level all his own. At the end of the year, the explosive playmaker should rank among the nation’s best pass catchers and secure a nomination as a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

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