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.
|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|