COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore has been named the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, the Big Ten announced on Thursday as the conference unveiled its 2017 individual award winners.
The award, named after Wisconsin’s Pat Richter and Michigan’s Desmond Howard, recognizes the top wide receiver in the Big Ten based off votes from the leagues head coaches and select media members that cover the conference.
Also a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Moore led the league with a single-season school record 80 receptions and 1,033 receiving yards. The Philadelphia native is one of just three receivers in the country with 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Moore ranked seventh nationally in total receptions and has a catch in 33 consecutive games. The junior is the first wide receiver from a Power 5 conference to record a 1,000-yard season in which no quarterbacks on the roster threw from at least 1,500 yards since North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks in 2008.
Moore ended his junior season with 146 career catches, a mark that ranks fifth in Maryland history. His 2,027 career receiving yards makes him just the fifth player in Maryland history to eclipse the 2,000 career receiving yards plateau.
Also a legitimate red zone threat, Moore’s eight touchdowns this season ranks tied for fourth in Maryland’s single-season history. He also ranks fourth all-time at Maryland with 17 career touchdown catches.
Moore is Maryland’s first Big Ten individual award winner since William Likely III was named Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year in 2015.