Aug. 10, 2010
PITTSBURGH--One of college football's most breathtaking pass catchers, Pitt junior Jon Baldwin today was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, annually presented to the country's top wide receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.
The Panthers have been blessed with some exceptional talent at receiver this decade, including a pair of former Biletnikoff Award winners in Larry Fitzgerald (2003) and Antonio Bryant (2000). Baldwin (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) continues the Panthers' strong tradition at wideout, and appears poised for a decorated 2010 season.
The 6-foot-5 Baldwin was a first-team All-Big East performer last year after compiling 57 catches for 1,111 yards (19.5 avg.) with eight touchdowns. A big play waiting to happen, he had touchdown catches of 79 and 71 yards as well as a 61-yard rush. Baldwin was one of only three receivers nationally to top 1,000 yards and average at least 19.5 yards per reception in 2009.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, he also was a 2009 Big East All-Academic Football Team honoree.
"To watch Baldwin is to be in awe," wrote ESPN.com's Brian Bennett. "Here's a 6-foot-5 wideout with a 40-inch vertical, blazing speed and airtight hands. When he's one-on-one with a defensive back down the field, it seems almost unfair...it just doesn't get any better than Jonathan Baldwin."
Said ESPN's Bruce Feldman, "The Panthers have produced some superb receivers in the past decade, most notably Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant. Neither of those guys, as gifted and productive as they are, were the specimen the 6-5, 228-pound Baldwin is."
For more information and video highlights, go to www.JonBaldwin82.com.
The winner of the 2010 Biletnikoff Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 9.
The Pitt football team is a fixture in the preseason Top 25 rankings after winning 10 games last year, including a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Panthers begin the 2010 season with one of the most exciting openers in college football when they play at perennially strong Utah on Thursday, Sept. 2. The game will be a national telecast on Versus.
For ticket information, call the Pitt Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or log on to www.PittsburghPanthers.com.
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