Two Georgia State football players on Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Georgia State football wide receiver Penny Hart
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

Release from Georgia State Athletics:

Georgia State receivers Robert Davis and Penny Hart were both named to the Biletnikoff Award Pre-Season Watch List, announced Wednesday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

The tandem of Davis, a senior from Warner Robins, Ga., and Hart, the sophomore from Buford, combined for 132 receptions for 2,079 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015.

Both were named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference, with Hart also capturing the Sun Belt Freshman-of-the-Year award as well as Freshman All-America accolades.

The 5-8, 180-pound Hart led the Sun Belt receptions (5.5 pg) and receiving yards (84.5 pg) while ranking third with eight touchdown receptions. He was second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards and touchdown receptions and fourth in receptions. Hart tied Georgia State season records with 71 receptions and eight touchdown catches and set the Sun Belt freshman record with 1,099 receiving yards, the second-highest season total in GSU history.

Davis, a two-time all-conference selection, was second in the Sun Belt to his teammate with 75.4 receiving yards per game. His 61 receptions and 980 receiving yards in 2015 are the third-best season totals in Georgia State history. He caught six touchdown passes and averaged 16.1 yards per catch.

Davis, 6-3 and 220 pounds, enters his senior season as the top active receiver in the Sun Belt and among the top 10 in the nation. He ranks second in Georgia State history in career receptions (155) and receiving yards (2,423) and is tied for second in touchdowns (12), and he has at least one reception in every game he has played (37 straight).

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on Nov. 3, and then the list will be narrowed to three finalist Nov. 22. The winner will be presented live on Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

Davis and Hart give Georgia State five individuals on various preseason watch lists:

S Bobby Baker, Jim Thorpe Award
WR Robert Davis, Biletnikoff Award
WR Penny Hart, Biletnikoff Award
C Gabe Mobley, Rimington Trophy
TE Keith Rucker, John Mackey Award, Wuerffel Trophy

The Panthers open Sept. 2 vs. Ball State at the Georgia Dome

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