Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams from Palo Alto High has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award.
Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams of Fresno State is one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award. Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics.
University of San Diego senior defensive end Steve Gargiulo from Palo Alto High was named a Pioneer Football League co-defensive player of the week. Photo courtesy of USD Athletics.
Adams leads the nation in three categories this season -- he has hauled in 15 touchdowns, averages a national-best 10.11 receptions per game and leads all wideouts in the FBS with five games with 10-plus receptions. This week, Adams ranks No. 10 in the FBS in receiving yards per game with 107.4.
Adams is one of two receivers in the Mountain West to surpass 200 yards plus receiving in a game this year (with teammate Josh Harper) and one of 16 players to do so in the NCAA this season.
On Nov. 2 when the Bulldogs hosted Nevada, Adams collected 221 yards receiving and tied the single-game school record for most touchdowns in game with four. Adams is one of three players who have reached the four-TD mark this season. After posting one more TD grab at Wyoming last time out, Adams is now one TD shy of breaking the all-time Fresno State record for most TDs in a single season.
Adams tied a then-school record of 16 catches for 185 yards in a 61-14 win at Idaho on Oct. 5. Most of that damage was done in the first half alone as he caught a first-half school record 13 passes for 176 yards and all three TD receptions. His mark of 16 catches is tied for the fourth-best outing in the FBS this season.
Adams has 193 catches and 29 touchdowns in just 22 career games, and has already broken the school record for most career touchdowns. Additionally for his career, he is the active career leader in receptions per game (8.8) and receiving yards per game (103.6).
In other football news:
University of San Diego senior defensive end Steve Gargiulo from Palo Alto High was named a Pioneer Football League co-defensive player of the week following his outstanding performance in the team's 23-13 season-ending win over the Drake Bulldogs.
Gargiulo notched five tackles for loss in the win against Drake, including 2 1/2 sacks as part of an eight-tackle (three solo) outing. Gargiulo also forced a fumble that stalled a Drake drive in the third quarter. His effort helped San Diego limit Drake to 246 offensive yards, its lowest output since Week 2. He shared this week's defensive honor with Landon Moore of Marist.
For the season Gargiulo led the Toreros with 8.5 quarterback sacks (minus-48 yards), and tied for team lead with 12 tackles for loss. He tied for sixth on the team in total tackles (46), and also chipped in with 2 forced fumbles and 5 quarterback hurries for the 8-3 Toreros who closed out the 2013 campaign with four straight wins.