atkins broke the USF single season reception record against temple
(GOUSFBULLS.COM) – Graduate wide receiver Sean Atkins has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2023 Burlsworth Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding player from Division I football who began their career as a walk-on.
Atkins is the only semifinalist from the American Athletic Conference and one of two nationally that do not play for a program in the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 or SEC. The 2022 winner was quarterback Stetson Bennett from the University of Georgia.
In his fifth season as a Bull, Atkins earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2021 season and has gone on to become first the team’s third-leading receiver in 2022 (19 catches, 238 yards, 3 touchdowns) before elevating to the team’s number one target in 2023.
His current career-best year has the 5-10 receiver on pace to break USF’s single-season receptions record (67, set in 2016 by Rodney Adams) and possibly challenge for the single-season receiving yards record (879, set in 2017 by Marquez Valdes-Scantling).
Atkins has 60 receptions, 639 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns after nine games to lead the Bulls.
His 6.7 receptions per game ranks third in The American and 14th nationally.
He has collected four or more catches and 42-plus yards in every game on the season and has logged five games with seven or more, including his last four outings in which he has totaled 32 receptions (8.0 per game).
He has led USF in receptions in six games and in receiving yards in four, including a career-best 116 yards and two touchdowns in a win at Navy, which included an 88-yard touchdown reception. Atkins has also run four times for 37 yards, completed both of his pass attempts for 66 yards and returned 14 punts for 63 yards.
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