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Marqise Lee Named To Paul Hornung Award Watch List, Given to Most Versatile Player


It’s the second watch list of what will surely be many for USC’s star wide receiver, as Marqise Lee finds himself in contention for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile college football player.

The Paul Hornung Award winner is determined by a panel of college football experts based on 2012 statistics, career performance and expectations leading up to the 2013 season. Now in it’s fourth year of existence, the award is given by the Louisville Sports Commission as well as football legend and Louisville native son Paul Hornung.

This year, Lee and two other finalists–Antonio Andrews from Western Kentucky and Dri Archer from Kent State–find themselves nominated for a second time.

According to the official site for the Paul Hornung Award, last season, players on this year’s 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 site reads.

For Lee, the wide receiver/kick returner had 1721 receiving and 106 rushing yards on the way to 14 total touchdowns on the season in 2012.

Earlier on Monday, Lee was named to the Maxwell Award watch list–alongside Trojan tailback Silas Redd–given to the top college football player of the year. Furthermore, defensive Trojans Leonard Williams and Morgan Breslin were named to the Bednarik Award watch list, given to the nation’s top defensive player.

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