|Charlotte's Tucker on Biletnikoff watch list of top college receivers|
|Led team with 909 yards, seven scores in 2019|
|Published Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:00 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Charlotte 49ers receiver Victor Tucker (right) has been named to the 2020 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. The junior earned honorable mention all-Conference USA in 2019 after leading Charlotte in receiving with a school FBS record 909 yards and seven touchdowns|
The junior wide receiver has been named to the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. The award annually recognizes a college football receiver, and is named after Fred Biletnikoff, a former Florida State standout who spent 14 years with the Oakland Raiders from 1965-78.
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc. defining receiver as any player who catches a pass regardless of position, so tight ends, slot receivers and backs are eligible for the award.
Last season, Tucker earned honorable mention all-Conference USA from league coaches, ranking third in league games with 89.9 yards receiving average. He led the league with five 100-yard receiving games against C-USA opponents. Tucker also led the 49ers with a school FBS record of 909 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 69.9 yards per game and 17.5 yard per catch last season and led Charlotte with 26 catches of 15 yards or more, including all of his touchdowns, including the program’s longest scoring catch of the season, a 58-yarder at Old Dominion.
Tucker was crucial to the 49ers’ first winning season, including comebacks against North Texas and Marshall, scoring in the final minute of play with 18 seconds and 48 seconds left, respectively. Charlotte ended the regular season on a five-game win streak and earned its inaugural postseason bid to the Bahamas Bowl, where Tucker scored the program’s first bowl touchdown with a 51-yard catch-and-run against Buffalo.
In 2018, Tucker earned a spot on the C-USA all-Freshman team, ranking third among freshmen receivers in FBS with 54 catches for 712 yards. His 68.5 yards per game ranks fourth all-time for Charlotte and second all-time for a freshman. He also set the school freshman record with 130 yards against Massachusetts.
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