Thursday, August 2, 2012
Six Big Ten players on Hornung watch list
By Brian Bennett
The preseason watch lists roll on, this time with the Hornung Award. The trophy, named after former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers star (and Louisville homeboy) Paul Hornung, honors the most versatile player in the nation.
Six Big Ten players have been named to the watch list for the award, which went to Stanford's Owen Marecic in 2011. Here they are:
- Jared Abbrederis, WR/PR/KR, Wisconsin
- Ameer Abdullah, RB/KR/PR, Nebraska
- Tommy Davis, S/KR, Illinois
- Jordan Hall, RB/KR, Ohio State
- Terry Hawthorne, CB/PR, Illinois
- Venric Mark, WR/RB/KR/PR, Northwestern
Some good choices here. Abbrederis led the nation in punt returns and is the Big Ten's leading returning receiver. Abdullah was an electrifying kick returner as a freshman. Davis transferred from Northern Illinois and could help the Illini special teams, while Hawthorne is one of the league's better cornerbacks as well as a solid punt returner. Hall can be a star in multiple ways for the Buckeyes -- but he may not be healthy for a while after injuring his foot. And Mark is a true, do-it-all type of player for the Wildcats.
Another name to keep an eye on for this list: Purdue's Raheem Mostert, who led the nation in kickoff returns and who could be a bigger factor on offense this year as he moves to receiver.