The Paul Hornung Award recognizes the most versatile player in college football, and five Big 12 players are in consideration for the award f0r the 2013 season.
The five players from the Big 12 who have been named to the 2013 preseason watch list for the Hornung Award are Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson from Kansas State, Quandre Diggs of Texas, Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Brandon Carter of TCU. All perform mutliple tasks on offense, defense and special teams for their respective schools.
The award, now in its fourth season, is presented by Texas Roadhouse. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin won the award in 2012. Austin, the top pick of the St. Louis Rams, No. 8 overall, in the recent NFL Draft, was one of two players in the country last season to gain more than 500 yards in three different categories.
The 2013 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, named after the Pro Football Hall of Famer who won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 and played eight seasons on the great Green Bay Packers teams in the 1950s and ’60s, was put together by a panel of college football experts. Players were named to the watch list on the basis of last season’s individual statistics, career performance and expectations for the coming season.