Nelson Agholor is being watched.
At least, the speedy wide out is in the running for more than a few awards in 2014, adding a place on the Paul Hornung Award watch list along with his spot among the players being monitored for the Maxwell Award.
The Hornung Award is reserved for the player the Louisville Sports Commission determines is the most versatile player in college football.
Agholor earned the versatile tag in 2013 with exceptional play at the wide receiver position along with electric special teams contributions.
Leading the Trojans in receiving yards and touchdown catches, Agholor’s 16.39 yards per catch was among the best averages in the Pac-12.
On punt returns, Agholor’s numbers were on a national scale in 2013. With a 19.06 average and two return touchdowns he was second in the nation behind only Ryan Switzer of North Carolina.
All told last season, Agholor’s touches in any circumstance resulted in an average of 16.8 yards per play.
Still, in order to see his name continue forward in contention for the Hornung Award, Agholor will have to increase his all-around contributions. Both of his return touchdowns came in the same game against an outmatched Cal squad and his receiving numbers, though consistent, have not matched the outstanding performances that made Robert Woods and Marqise Lee household names.
Joining Agholor on the watch list from the Pac-12 are Victor Bolden of Oregon State, D.J. Foster of Arizona State, Ty Montgomery of Stanford, Khalfani Muhammad of California, and Shaq Thompson of Washington. UCLA’s Myles Jack was a finalist for last year’s award and also makes the list this time around.