Dudek's Name Added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Mikey Dudek makes a catch at Camp Rantoul
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (fightingillini.com) - University of Illinois freshman receiver Mike Dudek (Naperville, Illinois/Neuqua Valley HS) was added to the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the nation's top receiver. Dudek is having a stellar freshman season, currently standing 19th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total receiving yards (539) and second among FBS freshmen.
Dudek posted one of the top receiving performances in school history against Purdue on Oct. 4, hauling in eight passes for 200 yards to become just the fourth Illini to total 200 or more receiving yards in a game. He ranks fifth among FBS players in scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards (12) and ranks second in the nation with 240 fourth-quarter receiving yards. His 18 first downs in the second half and overtime rank second nationally and his 11 plays of 15-plus yards after halftime lead FBS.
Dudek needs only 138 receiving yards to break Arrelious Benn's school record for receiving yards by a freshman and he would break Benn's freshman receptions record with 21 more catches. For the season, Dudek has 33 catches for 539 yards and three touchdowns.