Antoine Wesley enjoying eye-popping junior season

Red Raiders' lead WR named Biletnikoff semifinalist on Monday.

Texas Tech’s football program continues to produce elite talent at the receiver position. Last season, Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell led the charge, and a couple seasons before that, Jakeem Grant flashed his speed all over the field.

This year, it’s been the 6-foot-5 junior Antoine Wesley.

Before the season started, Wesley only had 137 receiving yards on 10 receptions for his career. Against Texas this week, he accounted for 171 yards on 8 receptions, including 2 touchdowns, making this the sixth time this year that he’s had more than 100 receiving yards in a single game.

Against Houston, Wesley broke Texas Tech’s single game receiving yards record with 261 yards.

He currently ranks second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,347, just behind Massachusetts’s receiver Andy Isabella, who has 1,479. Isabella has played in one more game than Wesley this season.

Wesley also ranks first in the country in receiving yards per game with 134.7. For a wide receiver who didn’t always play this specific position, he has truly put himself in the same conversation as Texas Tech great, Michael Crabtree.

Wesley was named as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday morning. Texas Tech star WR Michael Crabtree won the award in 2007 and 2008, the only Red Raider to do so. Wesley has a chance to surpass Crabtree’s 2007 receiving yard mark of 1,962.