ESPN3 to Carry Live February 8, 2014, the Sold-Out 20th Annual Biletnikoff Award Banquet

Media Release – February 3, 2014

ESPN3 will broadcast live on Saturday, February 8, the sold-out 20th annual Biletnikoff Award Banquet which begins at 7 p.m. (EST) from the University Center Club at Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation is the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to college football’s outstanding receiver. Any player who catches the football, regardless of position, is eligible for the award.

The banquet, considered the best in college football, can be viewed at this link on WatchESPN.

Former great college and pro football coach Dick Vermeil will deliver the keynote address to a crowd of over 550 patrons and present the Biletnikoff Award trophy, the most beautiful trophy in college sports, to 2013 winner Brandin Cooks of Oregon State University. The distinguished 220 member national selection committee tapped Cooks over Texas A & M’s Mike Evans and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins in the closest vote in the history of the award. Also on hand will be Oregon State coach Mike Riley.

Moreover, at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet the Foundation will honor sixteen remarkably talented North Florida high school senior scholarship recipients. The Foundation will provide over $850,000 in scholarship benefits to these sixteen outstanding young men and women, who have overcome significant emotional, mental, physical, and environmental barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extracurricular levels.

Foundation Chairman Ritchie Pickron commented, “We know what these seniors have come through and we are very proud of them and their indomitable spirit. These scholars will become important leaders in the Florida and America of the 21st century!”

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, giving fans a destination that delivers thousands of live sports events annually, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is available at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video connection from an affiliated service provider. ESPN3 is currently available in 83 million homes. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

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