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Hawaii’s John Ursua one of 11 semifinalists for Biletnikoff Award

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Where does the superstar Warriors receiver rank among the greatest Hawaii wide receivers?

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The Biletnikoff Award, presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, announced their semifinalists for the prestigious award on Monday for the 2018 football season’s most outstanding receiver, regardless of position. Hawaii’s John Ursua made the list, essentially qualifying him as of the nation’s top 11 wide receivers.

Hawaii is doing what it can to hype up the sensational junior wide receiver, starting a website that lists Ursua as an All-America candidate. While quarterbacks are likely to dominate the Mountain West offensive player of the year conversation, it should be noted that Ursua and his 1161 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns absolutely deserve to be in the discussion.

Ursua and the Warriors will look to become bowl eligible this week vs. a sneaky UNLV team that upset San Diego State over the weekend.

This is back-to-back seasons that Ursua has been acknowledged by the Biletnikoff Award committee. He still has one season of eligibility remaining if he elects to return to school for his senior season. This got me wondering: where does Ursua rank among the all time greats at wide receiver for Hawaii?

At 179 career receptions, Ursua is 8th all-time in receptions, having just passed Walter Murray. He’s likely to enter the top 10 in career receiving yards by season’s end. Unsurprisingly, names like Greg Salas, Davone Bess, Jason Rivers, Chad Owens, Ryan Grice-Mullen, Ashley Lelie are ahead of him on most lists. Will Ursua catch them eventually? Who is the greatest Hawaii wide receiver ever? Feel free to comment with your thoughts.

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Who is the greatest Hawaii wide receiver ever?

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  • 4%
    John Ursua
    (1 vote)
  • 33%
    Greg Salas
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Jason Rivers
    (1 vote)
  • 25%
    Ashley Lelie
    (6 votes)
  • 4%
    Chad Owens
    (1 vote)
  • 29%
    Davone Bess
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (comment below)
    (0 votes)
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