Ellington, Watkins on Hornung Award Watch List

6:03 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
  • Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Damiere Byrd (10) after he scored the game winning touchdown in the Outback Bowl. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Sammy Watkins (Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE)
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A pair of junior receivers are on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile major college football player.

The versatile Bruce Ellington, who playes football and basketball for USC, is one of the 44 players on the list.

Ellington is coming off a breakout season on the gridiron in 2012 where he led the team in receiving yards with 600 on 40 catches, including seven touchdowns. He has also been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner each of the past two seasons and has made 15 career starts.  

Watkins, a junior receiver for the Tigers, was second on the team with 708 yards receiving and fourth with three touchdown catches. He added 97 yards rushing and one score on the ground. Watkins was Tigers' top kickoff man with 13 returns for 257 yards.

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fourth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.      

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