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Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | November 9, 2019

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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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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. He now has four 200-yard games.

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The Grizzlies star receiver was injured early in Week 9 and didn't find his way to the box score in Week 10 either, so his charge on history looks like it is coming to an end. 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.

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Missing Week 9 and 10 means we likely won't see a new record in 2019. Here's a look at Bitson's game-by-game performances through 10 weeks in 2019.

Week Opponent Receptions Yards Touchdowns
1 Colorado School of Mines 8 195 1
2 New Mexico Highlands 7 201 2
3 Black Hills State 3 71 2
4 Western Colorado 12 257 4
5 Fort Lewis 4 40 0
6 Chadron State 8 166 1
7 South Dakota Mines 10 217 1
8 CSU-Pueblo 11 208 0
9 Angelo State 0 0 0
10 Colorado Mesa 0 0 0
11 Dixie State TBD TBD TBD

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

If Bitson plays next week and finds some of his 200-yard game magic, he could crack the top 10. He needs 282 yards to crack the ten-best single seasons in receiving yards in the history of DII football. Here's a look at the list and what Bitson has in front of him as 2019 comes to a close. 

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

*Bitson has 1,355 yards with one game remaining.

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