USC Football: Adoree’ Jackson Named to Paul Hornung Award 2016 Watch List


USC wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for 2016, after placing as a finalist for the honor last year.

Adoree’ Jackson will get another crack at bringing the Paul Hornung Award to USC in 2016 after being named to the 2016 watch list.

The Hornung Award is given to the nation’s most versatile athlete, which is a pretty good way to describe Jackson.

The three-way star has played cornerback and wide receiver for the Trojans while also handling return duties on kicks and punts.

Last year he was the only player in college football with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles. He has scored a touchdown via reception, interception, punt return and kickoff return in his USC career.

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In addition to football, Jackson stars on the track field where he is an All-American long jumper. This summer he even pursued a place on the USA Olympic team, though he fell just short of going to Rio.

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Though he is expected to focus more on his defensive duties as a junior, Jackson will still be a part of the special teams unit as a returner and with the occasional rep on offense should have a chance to repeat as a finalist for the Hornung Award.

Along with Jackson and last year’s winner Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, a number of USC opponents made the watch list for the Hornung Award. UCLA’s Ishmael Adams, Oregon State’s Victor Bolden, Oregon State’s Seth Collins, Colorado’s Donavan Lee, Oregon’s Charles Nelson and Arizona State’s Tim White are among the candidates for the award.

USC has never had a Hornung Award winner, though this is only its seventh year of existence, so there is time to change that.