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Burden Added To Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Burden vs. Memphis - 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – University of Missouri wide receiver Luther Burden III was one of five players add to the watch list for the 2023 Biletnikoff Award, the The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the prestigious award, announced Thursday.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

Burden leads the NCAA FBS with 644 receiving yds. and tops the Southeastern Conference with 45 receptions and a 128.8 yards per game average. His 400 yards after contact are the most among Power 5 receivers, according to PFF College.

He had tallied four-straight 100-yard games and his 644 represents the most in Mizzou history for any receiver through five games, while his average of 8.6 receptions per outing ranks third among all FBS receivers this season. Burden also recorded his sixth-straight game with seven receptions or more – his 11 catches at Vandy were a career high and handed him Mizzou’s program record for consecutive games with at least seven receptions (surpassing Danario Alexander in 2009).

Recently, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation opened the 2023 FanVote. Every fan may vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award FanVote page. The aggregate fan tally will be counted as one official vote to determine semi-finalists, finalists (three receivers), and the winner. In the closest contest in years, the FanVote tally provided the one-vote margin of victory for 2013 winner Brandin Cooks of Oregon State.

The Biletnikoff Award candidate eligibility and voting criteria, transparently explicit and detailed, are available for review at


No. 21 Missouri and No. 23 LSU square off on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 at 11 a.m. CT inside Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. The sold-out game will air on ESPN and the Tiger Radio Network. 

The two programs – Mizzou founded in 1890 and LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) in 1893 – meet for only the fourth time on Saturday and second in Columbia. Missouri leads the all-time series 2-1 and won the only matchup in CoMo, 45-41 in 2020. 

Group and single-game tickets for Missouri’s remaining home games are available for purchase now by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or buying online.

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