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Bailey Falls Short in Quest for Biletnikoff Award

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MORGANTOWN -

Stedman Bailey was the first Mountaineer to travel to Orlando, Fla. for the annual College Football Awards since Pat McAfee attended in an attempt to take home the Ray Guy Award.

Like McAfee before him, Bailey will return to Morgantown empty handed.

Up against the University of Southern California's Marqise Lee and Baylor University senior Terrance Williams for the Biletnikoff Award, Bailey had a chance to be named the nation's top receiver following his junior season at West Virginia.

Just before the award was announced, though, the Walter Camp All-America team was released and the list was a sign of things to come. Both Lee and Williams made the first team, while Bailey and WVU teammate Tavon Austin were relegated to second team honors.

As for the Biletnikoff, the sophomore, Lee, takes it home.

Each of the three finalists had a strong case for the award. Lee tallied 112 receptions for 1,680 yards and 14 receptions, while Williams added 95 catches, 1,764 yards and 12 scores.

Bailey had the fewest yards of the bunch, with 1,501 on 106 catches, but finished with a strong advantage in touchdowns at 23 -- a BCS conference season record with one game remaining in the upcoming Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse.

Following WVU's regular season finale win over Kansas, Bailey said he felt he had put together the sort of year that could have earned him the Biletnikoff.

"I think about my numbers this year, scoring 20 touchdowns, that never came to mind before the season started," he said. "I've just been doing all I can to help my team win, so I think I'm deserving of it."

Bailey will try to continue to add to his touchdown total on Dec. 29 in New York City.

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