Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup’s extraordinary 2017 football season ranked among the best in college football, but his bid for the Biletnikoff Award fell just short.

Oklahoma State’s James Washington was crowned as the nation’s top pass catcher Thursday night in Atlanta during ESPN’s broadcast of “The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.” It marks the seventh time over the past 11 seasons that the winner was chosen from the Big 12.

Gallup — a senior who transferred to CSU from Butler (Kan.) Community College in 2016 — tallied 94 catches for 1,345 yards this fall, which both ranked inside the top-five nationally. Gallup was the first Football Bowl Subdivision receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year and is one of only two players with multiple 200-yard games. Gallup also earned first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior.

Even in defeat, Gallup was proud to showcase CSU and the Mountain West at the awards show.

“(It’s) putting a small school on the map,” Gallup said when the finalists were announced. “Just to let everybody know a player can come from any school, just as long as he can play, obviously. (Representing) Colorado State and making sure they’re getting the exposure like they should, I think it’s great for our team.”

Though he didn’t win the Biletnikoff, Gallup was named a first-team All-American on Thursday by the Walter Camp Foundation, one of five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA.

CSU fans will have two more opportunities to watch Gallup play before the NFL draft in April. Gallup has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 7 in Mobile, Ala., and will also play for the Rams against Marshall in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 16.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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