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Pair of WSU Cougars added to Biletnikoff award watchlist

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They were overshadowed by their quarterback last Saturday, but two WSU wide receivers are being recognized for their successful seasons.

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Connor Halliday's name will go down in the record books next to those 734 passing yards from Saturday, but he had to throw those balls to someone, right?

Isiah Myers was placed on the Biletnikoff award watchlist, the award honoring the best receiver in the nation, at the beginning of the season and two more Cougar wide outs were added to the watchlist after Saturday's game. River Cracraft and Vince Mayle are both having career seasons, thanks in part to their 172 yard and 263 yard performances, respectively, on Saturday.

Sophomore River Cracraft is 11th nationally in total receiving yards with 576 and owns 3 games with over 100 receiving yards. Meanwhile, senior Vince Mayle, who set a school record for receiving yards through his performance last week, is 4th nationally with 703 yards and has also tallied up 3 games with more than 100 yards.

The award will cut down it's watchlist to 10 semifinalists on November 17, 3 semifinalists on November 24th and will announce the winner during the College Football Award Show on ESPN on December 11th. The official WSU release can be seen here. Myers, Mayle and Cracraft can be seen on ESPN Friday night as they take on Stanford. I'd be willing to bet they don't come close to their performance from last weekend.

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