Former Pitt wide receiver, redshirt senior Shocky Jacques-Louis, earned a spot on the 2022 Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Wednesday.
Jacques-Louis played four seasons for the Panthers from 2018-2021, where he appeared in 46 games and started 27 of them. As a a Panther, Jacques-Louis never played as the No. 1 receiver, but instead served as backup to wide receivers like Jordan Addison, Maurice Ffrench, Aaron Mathews, Taysir Mack, Jared Wayne and D.J. Turner. Still he caught 83 passes for 1,010 yards and three touchdowns during his time in Pittsburgh.
He chose to transfer after the 2021 season to Akron. Under first-year head coach Joe Moorhead, Jacques Louis is playing the best football of his career, despite the team’s poor 1-8 record.
He leads the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with 61 catches and 770 receiving yards. Those 61 catches are fifth best in the FBS and he is 12th with 6.8 receptions per game. The 770 receiving yards are 14th best.
Against then ranked No. 17 Tennessee in Week 3, he caught nine passes for 103 yards. Jacques-Louis played his best game against Ohio in Week 6, as he made 11 catches for 152 yards, both a season-high.
Pitt wide receivers have a history of winning the Biletnikoff, with Jordan Addison taking the award last season. Larry Fitzgeralnd won the award in 2003 and Antonio Bryant won it in 2000. Pitt and Alabama are the only schools with three Biletnikoff winners since the award started in 1994.
Now, Jacques-Louis has a chance to win the award for the Zips and change his prospects from back-up to star wide receiver to a shot in the NFL after this season.