Sammy Watkins on Hornung Award Watch List


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Pos: WR   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)  
Years Played: 2011 - 2013

Clemson, SC—Clemson All-American receiver Sammy Watkins has been named to the Hornung Award Watch List for 2012. The honor is named after former Notre Dame Heisman Trophy (1956) winner Paul Hornung and is presented to the top all-purpose player in college football.

Last year, Watkins gained 2,288 all-purpose yards and ranked fourth in the nation in all-purpose yardage per game. His 2,288 total led the ACC and was the second highest total in Clemson history. Only C.J. Spiller’s 2,680 yards in 2009 is greater.

Watkins 2,288 yards last year set an ACC freshman record, as did his 82 receptions, 12 receiving touchdowns and 1219 receiving yards. His yardage total was a Clemson record regardless of class.

Watkins was named the first-team AP All-America all-purpose player last year, just the fourth true freshman in college football history to be named a first-team AP All-American as a non-kicker.

Eight Clemson players have been named to various Watch lists 16 times during the preseason. Tajh Boyd has been named to the watch list for four awards, while Dalton Freeman and Sammy Watkins are listed on three watch lists apiece.

Clemson Players on Preseason Watch Lists for 2012
Player Award Honor
Andre Ellington
Doak Walker Top Running Back
Maxwell Award Top Player

DeAndre Hopkins
Biletnikoff Award Top Receiver

Dalton Freeman
Rimington Award Top Center
Outland Trophy Top Lineman
Lombardi Award Top Lineman

Brandon Ford
John Mackey Top Tight End

Chandler Catanzaro
Lou Groza Top Place Kicker

Malliciah Goodman
Hendricks Award Top Defensive End

Tajh Boyd
Davey O’Brien Top Quarterback
Walter Camp Top Player
Maxwell Award Top Player
Manning Award Top Quarterback

Sammy Watkins
Maxwell Award Top Player
Walter Camp Top Player
Hornung Award Top All-Purpose


From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

The 2012 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, has been released. The award, now in its third season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.

Here are your ACC representatives:
Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
Perry Jones, RB, Virginia
Orwin Smith, RB, Georgia Tech
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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, WR, Clemson

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