Wilson Named to Hornung Award Watch List

Wilson Named to Hornung Award Watch List

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The Butkus Award, named after legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, is an annual college football award given to the nation's best linebacker by The Butkus Foundation.

Kerryon Johnson is on the Paul Hornung Award's preseason watch list, for the award given to college football's most versatile player as voted on by the Louisville Sports Commission and award namesake Paul Hornung.

The Philadelphia native started all 13 games in 2016, leading the team in receiving yards (637), receiving TDs (6) and yards/catch (15.5). Fielding punts, Fant had 11 returns for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns (at Miami (Ohio) and vs. Houston Baptist), and earned All-Conference USA First Team honors despite playing only nine games.

Five Big Ten students are part on this year's Hornung Award preseason watch list.

In 36 games (10 starts), Wilson has rushed 313 times for 1,645 yards (5.26) and 12 touchdowns, caught 45 passes for 462 yards (10.11) and two touchdowns and returned 41 kickoffs for 1,088 yards (26.54) and two scores.

Last week, James has been named to watch lists honoring the nation's top player (Maxwell), top defensive player (Bednarik and Nagurski), and top defensive back (Thorpe). The Fayetteville product was the only player to win SEC Freshman of the Week twice.

Berry makes the list along with 22 other seniors, 19 juniors and 3 sophomores.

Malik Jefferson lands on another 2017 preseason award watch list. This will be The Paul Hornung Award's second year as an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.