USC football: Amon-Ra St. Brown on Hornung Award watch list for 2020

USC football receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
USC football receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

USC football wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was named to the Hornung Award watch list for 2020.

USC football’s Amon-Ra St. Brown is in the running to be declared the nation’s most versatile weapon in 2020.

On Thursday, the Paul Hornung Award released its 2020 preseason watch list, including the Trojan wide receiver along with 49 other players from around the country.

St. Brown has now been featured on two preseason watch lists after making his way onto the Biletnikoff Award watch list earlier this month.

Amon-Ra St. Brown proved himself as a versatile playmaker for USC football.

The junior wide receiver is primarily known for his contributions in the passing game. He had 77 catches for 1,042 yards and six touchdowns in 2019 after debuting with a team-best 60 receptions for 750 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

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However, St. Brown has starred in other ways. He served as a punt returner last year while also moonlighting as a running back when the Trojans were particularly hard hit at that position. He has nine carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in his career. Against Colorado, he scored a 38-yard on the ground.

When St. Brown posted 207 all-purpose yards against Arizona State, he was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for the week.

To contend for the Hornung Award this year, St. Brown will need to continue putting up big numbers through the air while increasing his production as a return man. A few highlight plays from out of the backfield would only increase his chances.

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USC will face several players who are also vying for the Hornung Award this year. Those include Utah’s Britain Covey, UCLA’s Demetric Felton, Oregon’s Jevon Holland, K.D. Nixon and Stanford’s Connor Wedington.

The Trojans have never produced a winner of the Hornung Award, though Adoree’ Jackson came close in 2016 while Marqise Lee was also a finalist.

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