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Vince Mayle not a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award

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Despite numbers that put him among the top receivers in the country, Vince Mayle isn't a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

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Vince Mayle is coming off his second 200-yard receiving game of the season and ranks in the top two in the country in both receptions (t-first) and receiving yards (second). Those numbers, however, were not enough for Mayle to make it into the final three for the Biletnikoff Award. The finalists were announced on Tuesday with Amari Cooper from Alabama, Rashard Higgins from Colorado State and Kevin White from West Virginia selected as the final three.

On pure numbers, you can make a good case Higgins and Cooper belong on the list ahead of Mayle. Higgins leads the Nation in receiving yards and touchdowns and is averaging a ridiculous 18.8 yards per catch. Cooper trails Mayle by 55 receiving yards, but has a 15.0 YPC average compared to Mayle's 13.9. Cooper also has 11 receiving touchdowns compared to Mayle's nine. No major issue there.

The biggest question is White. His 98-1,270-9 line is subpar to Mayle's 101-1,404-9 line. West Virginia is 6-5, but that's really the only advantage White has over Mayle. The timing of the voting may have come into play. Mayle is coming off a 15-catch, 252-yard performance against Arizona State. That game helped Mayle pull ahead of White who caught seven passes for 63 yards last week. If votes were already cast, the argument would be much closer. White also gained a lot of attention from some flashy catches and seven 100-yard games to open the season. His production has trailed off in a big way recently and he has just 250 receiving yards in the last four games. Mayle has 623 yards in his last four.

While Mayle won't add a fancy trophy to his resume, he will complete the best statistical season for a wide receiver in WSU history on Saturday. Only 31 players have topped 1,500 receiving yards in a season since 2000 and Mayle has a good chance to join that list.

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