In many ways, senior receiver Jaivon Heiligh has been a reflection of his Coastal Carolina team; constantly evolving, and on the rise.
There are few programs in recent memory, that have risen as fast as the Chanticleers have in the last two seasons. Currently ranked as the no. 17 team in the nation, a big reason for their success has been the play of their star receiver.
In three games, Heiligh sits atop the Sun Belt Conference in average receiving yards per game(115.3), second in receiving yards (346), and second in touchdowns with three. He is tied for 11th in the nation in receiving yards. Beyond his individual accomplishments is his importance on the Chanticleers explosive offense, which is averaging 43 points per game, and sits in the top 20 in total offense.
At this point, one should not be surprised that Heiligh is thriving in this fashion; there is a reason why he was added to this year's Biletnikoff Award Watch list. Last season, was named to the 2020 All-Sun Belt first team, and set career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns. At the rate he is producing so far, Heiligh is on pace to surpass his numbers from last season.
A good reason to believe this, stems from his connection with teammate and quarterback Grayson McCall. Since the beginning of last season, he and McCall have been arguably the most potent receiver-quarterback duo in their Conference. In their win against Citadel on September 2, 2021, McCall completed 16-of-29 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. Heiligh, accounted for six of his completions and over half his completions yards.
Considering the consistency of his production on the field, Heiligh's chances to win this year's Biletnikoff Award grow stronger. With each game he plays, a new dimension to his skill set reveals itself. If he has not earned the nation's attention yet, that should change quickly as his team continues their rise up the college football polls.