One of the joys of the summer are the award watch list reveals that give you a sneak peak into who the difference makers might be next year in college football. Last year Andre Williams was named to the Doak Walker Watch List before going on his historic run that ended with him winning the award. This year sophomore running back Myles Willis was just named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. What is this award you may ask?
It is given to an all purpose back or receiver who fits the following criteria:
The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fifth 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 Golden Boy.
The 2014 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2013 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2014 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com.
The award take into account receiving, rushing and kicking/punt return yards, which would be a good reason why Willis was included on this list. Last year LSU wide receiver and return man Odell Beckham won the award.
Myles Willis should be the featured back for at least most of the season for the Eagles in 2014, but not sure if he will be returning kicks again. He finished 2013 with 346 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving, all while playing behind Heisman Finalist Andre Williams. By all accounts Steve Addazio is not going to have one running back shouldering a bulk of the yards this year, so having gawdy numbers may not happen again for a BC back. However this is a great honor for a football player just beginning his career at the Heights.