2012 Biletnikoff Watch List: Tennessee WRs Headline SEC Members

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 17, 2012

Tennessee WR Justin Hunter / Photo Courtesy: SaturdayDownSouth.com
Tennessee WR Justin Hunter / Photo Courtesy: SaturdayDownSouth.com

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club has released the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, and while the SEC isn't as pass-happy as other leagues, the nation's best conference still boasts some solid options at wide receiver.

Auburn's Emory Blake, Florida's Andre Debose, Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton, Tennessee's Justin Hunter, Georgia's Tavarres King, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, Missouri's T.J. Moe, Texas A&M's Uzoma Nwachukwu, Tennessee's Da'Rick Rogers and Texas A&M's Ryan Swope represent the SEC on the list.

While all the attention may be on Da'Rick Rogers, keep an eye on Justin Hunter on Rocky Top.

The rising junior tore his knee up against Florida in the third week of the 2011 season but was off to a great start at the time. In two-plus games, Hunter caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. 

At the time, he was Tennessee's biggest threat outside, but his absence allowed Rogers to emerge as a big-time threat in the SEC.

Hunter is back, but now he's behind Rogers on the Vols' pecking order—which is a great place to be for success as a wide receiver.

Nothing against Rogers, he's a fantastic receiver and will put up a Biletnikoff-worthy season as well. But his presence on the field may benefit Hunter more than anyone.

If you're looking for a dark horse, consider Texas A&M's Ryan Swope. The new air-raid offense in College Station will provide plenty of opportunities for Swope and all of the Aggie receivers to shine in 2012.