Aug. 2, 2012
The Louisville Sports Commission, along with football legend Paul Hornung, have announced the Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Three Conference USA players are listed among the preseason candidates: Southern Miss senior WR/RS Tracy Lampley, Tulsa junior TB Trey Watts and UCF senior WR/KR Quincy McDuffie.
The 2012 Watch List has been compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2011 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2012 season. The Watch List is comprised of 25 seniors, 16 juniors and eight sophomores, representing 44 universities and 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found on www.paulhornungaward.com.
Lampley, the Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year, looks to become the first Golden Eagle to amass more than 1,000 yards in four different offensive categories during his career. He already has eclipsed the that barrier in kickoff return yards with 1,089 and needs 31 rushing yards, 122 receiving yards and 184 punt return yards to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.
Watts earned honorable mention All-Conference USA accolades last season after leading the team in all-purpose yards with 1,629 yards for a 125.3 average per game. He rushed for 881 yards, a 5.6 average and ran for three touchdowns, while also catching 31 passes for 242 yards and three scores. Watts had 20 kickoff returns for 482 yards and also produced two 100-yard rushing games.
McDuffie appeared in 11 games with nine starts at wide receiver and caught a team-high 43 passes for 482 yards with one touchdown. He became the first UCF wide receiver in school history to rush for at least 100 yards, finishing with 132 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. McDuffie also returned seven kickoffs for 106 yards.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams.
Texas Roadhouse signed on as presenting sponsor of the Paul Hornung Award in 2011 and will team with the Louisville Sports Commission to power fan voting again this season. College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Fan voting will open in late September and will factor into the selection of the finalists and winner.
Players from all FBS teams are eligible and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the Award. The Selection Committee, comprised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players, will narrow the field to a small group of finalists in early December. The winner will be selected in early January from among the finalists following the bowl season.