After four outstanding performances, UCLA Football’s Darren Andrews and Caleb Wilson have been added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.
I can pretty much guarantee that if I told you that a UCLA Football receiver was going to be named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list (which honors the top receiver at any position in college football) you would not have believed me.
If I told you that two UCLA receivers would be on that list, you might have had me committed. But that is where we are as WR Darren Andrews and TE Caleb Wilson have made the prestigious watch list after putting up big numbers in the first third of the season.
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Despite the fact that UCLA is 2-2, the offense has been clicking with their high-flying offense implemented by first-year Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch and offensive leader, QB Josh Rosen.
Rosen has been instrumental in the resurrection of the offense but he could not have done it with out the help of his receivers. Last season UCLA threw for 295.6 yards per game (19th in the NCAA). This season they are leading the nation with an amazing 451.8 yards. Andrews and Wilson are a big part of that.
Andrews has been the most consistent receiver for UCLA the last three years, so it was expected that he would be the Bruins’ top receiver in 2017. So far he has maintained that projection with 457 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 14.3 yards per catch. Simply outstanding.
The bigger surprise is Wilson who was also projected to have a part in the receiving game, but no one thought he would have as big of a role as he has had. He burst onto the scene in the first game of the season when he hauled in 208 yards as he created mismatches and was able to break free of defenders. Through four games, he has the second most receiving yards on the team with 425.
If you are shocked, you are not alone. The offense is clicking because the connection between Rosen, Andrews and Wilson is strong and looks to be getting better each game. Also be on the look out for Jordan Lasley and Theo Howard who have also had strong performances this season.