BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky
There was some controversy when East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, the Football Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in receptions, was left off of the semifinalist list for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award. He was the 2014 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top former walk-on.
Hardy surpassed former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles this year for the record in career receptions, and currently has 376 with one more game to go in his final season. Going into the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3, Hardy leads the nation in receptions per game (9.17), is sixth in receiving yards per game (111.2) and is 20th with nine receiving touchdowns.
The third-team Associated Press All-American has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, and will look to continue to elevate his draft stock.