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Jalin Hyatt Accepts Biletnikoff Award, Tennessee Posts Hype Video

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Former Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt and Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet & Celebration this past weekend. Photo via Tennessee Athletics on Twitter.

Former Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has officially been presented with his 2022 Biletnikoff Award.

The Irmo, South Carolina native was announced as the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner on Dec. 8, 2022, given to college football’s most outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. Hyatt is the first wide receiver in Tennessee program history to win the award since its inception in 1994.

Hyatt finished the 2022 season with jaw-dropping numbers, catching 67 passes for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns in 12 games.

The three-year Tennessee receiver was given his award at the 29th annual Biletnikoff Award black-tie Banquet & Celebration on Mar. 11, 2023.

“Jalin Hyatt will be introduced by Tennessee’s head coach Josh Heupel and presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by TQC Foundation Chairman Mark Ryan, with banquet keynote speaker Drew Pearson, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the sold-out black-tie Biletnikoff Award Banquet & Celebration attended by 550 patrons at the Dunlap Champions Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, March 11, 2023,” the Biletnikoff Award’s press release stated last week.

Tennessee wide receiver coach Kelsey Pope was also in attendance for the event.

On the day that Hyatt accepted his award, Tennessee posted a new hype video dedicated to his time on Rocky Top. The video goes through his commitment and early breakdown to the biggest moments of the 2022 season – including his unforgettable five-touchdown game against Alabama in October.

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Jalin Hyatt now has his eyes fully set on the 2023 NFL Draft.

The former Tennessee receiver dazzled in front of scouts, coaches, and the media during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in early March. While running the 40-yard dash, though, Hyatt reportedly aggravated his hamstring, which caused him to shut it down a little bit. The injury is not expected to be severe as Hyatt just wanted to be cautious moving forward.

Speed is not a question regarding Hyatt’s game, as evidenced in all 12 games he played last year.

Hyatt has been projected as both a first-round and second-round draft pick in the NFL Draft. While it’s late into the first round, the New York Giants seem like a likely landing spot at No. 25 overall for Hyatt if he were to end up as a first-round selection. If the Giants don’t take him, it’s fairly likely that Hyatt will be one of the first names taken off the board in the second round of the draft.

The NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

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