FORT COLLINS — Michael Gallup hears it all the time, and quite frankly, he’s tired of the praise. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Colorado State wide receiver is easily recognizable across town as the nation’s leading receiver (1,298 yards). Gallup says it’s all anyone wants to talk about.

Hey, Mike, what’s it’s like to be one of 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist?

Oh, I didn’t know, man.

“And I just keep moving,” he said.

That’s Gallup. The unassuming star. If you’re looking for a more brash evaluation of his ability, just ask the last Rams receiver to garner this kind of national attention. Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, now a member of the Cleveland Browns, is glad to help.

“When (Gallup’s) number is called, he puts on a show,” said Higgins, who tallied 3,649 yards receiving and 31 touchdowns at CSU from 2013-15. “I feel like for me, it was the same way. Not only that, but we make plays when it matters the most.”

And yet, when the annual national honor for college football’s top pass catcher, the Biletnikoff Award, is announced Dec. 7, it is unlikely Gallup will win. A Group of Five receiver has not claimed the Biletnikoff since 1998 (Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech), and based on past winners’ statistics, one number puts Gallup on the outside looking in. Since 2008, the award has gone to a receiver who ranks inside the top three nationally in touchdowns. As it stands today, Gallup’s seven scores rank No. 33.

“I hope a lot of guys take the time to watch some of his games instead of just looking at his stats, because he’s making an impact in every way at the receiver position: screens, blocking, deep routes, intermediate routes and unbelievable catches,” CSU coach Mike Bobo said. “He’s just taking over ballgames.”

There’s no doubting the legitimacy of Gallup’s Biletnikoff candidacy. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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