Sammy Watkins named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

Award honors the nation's top multi-talented player; 5 others from ACC, USC's Bruce Ellington also on list

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins turns upfield after catching a pass in the first quarter on Saturday.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins turns upfield after catching a pass in the first quarter on Saturday.

Clemson's Sammy Watkins has been named as one of 44 candidates for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's top multi-talented player.

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fourth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.

The 2013 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2012 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2013 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com.

Three Paul Hornung Award finalists from last season are back on the list in 2013 – Antonio Andrews from Western Kentucky, Dri Archer from Kent State and Marqise Lee from the University of Southern California.

The Watch List is comprised of 19 seniors, 21 juniors and four sophomores, representing 41 universities and 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The SEC is the leading conference with nine players followed by the ACC with six players. There are five players from both the Big Ten and Big 12.

Other ACC players on the list include Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro, Maryland Stefon Diggs, Georgia Tech's Jamal Golden, Miami's Duke Johnson, and Virginia Tech's Kyshoen Jarrett.

Also named to the list were South Carolina's Bruce Ellington and Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell.

In 2012, players on this year’s Paul Hornung Award Watch List accounted for 17,035 rushing yards, 17,112 receiving yards, 17,148 kickoff return yards, 4,874 punt return yards and 350 total tackles. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the Watch List demonstrated a knack for scoring, posting 408 total touchdowns in five different scoring capacities a year ago.

“The Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the upcoming season is an impressive group of players who excel at multiple positions to help their teams win, which is how I played the game,” Hornung said. “It will be interesting to see which players excel during the season and emerge as the top choices of our selection committee.”

“We have had the opportunity to welcome great young men to Louisville as winners of the Paul Hornung Award in years past, and I believe we are in line to welcome another great player to our community in 2014,” Hornung continued. “I look forward to honoring the winner here in Louisville at one of the best banquets the country has to offer for college football players and their families.”

2013 Watch List Selections

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Antonio Andrews, WKU

Dri Archer, Kent State

D.J. Banks, Louisiana Tech

Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Corey Brown, Ohio State

Isaiah Burse, Fresno State

Trey Burton, Florida

Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest

Brandon Carter, TCU

Chris Coyer, Temple

Quandre Diggs, Texas

Stefon Diggs, Maryland

Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

Tyler Ervin, San Jose State

Cody Fajardo, Nevada

JD Falslev, BYU

D.J. Foster, Arizona State

Jerry “BooBoo” Gates, Bowling Green

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech

Scott Harding, Hawaii

Akeem Hunt, Purdue

Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech

Duke Johnson, Miami

Christion Jones, Alabama

Marqise Lee, Southern California

Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois

Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Venric Mark, Northwestern

Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

Marcus Murphy, Missouri

LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

Bernard Reedy, Toledo

Jamill Smith, Ball State

Damien Thigpen, UCLA

De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State

Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Trey Watts, Tulsa

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Comments » 2

rsb8931#286014 writes:

Last year Sammy was coming off being a first team AP All America. If that wasn't good enough to get him on the list, how is his stats from last year good enough to get him on this years list? Doesn't make sense.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to rsb8931#286014:

Last year Sammy was coming off being a first team AP All America. If that wasn't good enough to get him on the list, how is his stats from last year good enough to get him on this years list? Doesn't make sense.

He did make this award's watch list last year - http://www.paulhornungaward.com/news/... He didn't make the Biletnikoff (Top WR) preseason watch list last year because of the arrest. They had some sort of clause that kept him off that, but he was still eligible to win with a great season.

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