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Wayne Cavadi | | November 16, 2019

DII football: The best single seasons by a wide receiver in history

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Tariq Bitson was having a monster season for Adams State. Earlier this season, we called him one of DII football's 15 best players you (maybe) never heard of. The Grizzlies' star wide receiver responded with his fourth 200-yard game of the season in Week 8, which left him 521 yards shy of the single-season record.

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DII football single-season record: Bitson's season, so far

Bitson began his assault on the DII football record book right from Game 1 of the 2019 season when he caught eight passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with his first 200-yard game of the season in Week 2 and finished with four 200-yard games.

The Grizzlies star receiver was injured early in Week 9 and didn't find his way to the box score for the rest of the season. Prior to that, Bitson was held scoreless in just two games and kept under 166 yards just twice. He reeled in 1,355 yards through his first eight games.

DII football history: All-time single-season receiving leaders

While Bitson's charge was cut short by injury, he fared well in just eight games. Here's how the wide receiver stacked up against the 11 best single-seasons in DII history. 

Name School Yards Year
Chris George Glenville State 1,876 1993
Charly Martin West Texas A&M 1,867 2008
Barry Wagner Alabama A&M 1,812 1989
Evan Prall East Stroudsburg 1,766 2005
Chris Perry Adams State 1,719 1995
Eric Fowler Grand Valley State 1,694 2006
Freddie Martino North Greenville 1,680 2013
Kevin Ingram West Chester 1,673 1998
Torrence Allen West Texas A&M 1,668 2013
Ellis Debrow Delta State 1,637 2003
Mark DeBrito Bentley 1,637 1999

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