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TULSA'S WATTS ON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST

Tulsa senior Trey Watts was named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award on Friday.
Tulsa senior Trey Watts was named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award on Friday.
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July 5, 2013

Louisville, KY - University of Tulsa running back Trey Watts is one of 44 multi-talented college football players selected to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, it was announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

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. The 2013 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2012 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2013 season.

Watts, a 5'11", 200-pound senior, finished the 2012 season ranked 11th nationally in all-purpose yards with 2,191 yards for an average of 168.5 yards per game. He totaled five 200+ all-purpose yard games a year ago. Watts has 4,189 career all-purpose yards in 37 games played for a 113.2- yard average.

Watts enters his senior season with 2,186 career rushing yards to rank ninth on the school's all-time rushing chart.

In 2012, Watts led the Hurricane in rushing with 1,108 yards and three touchdowns. He has seven career 100-yard rushing games, five of which came during the 2012 campaign. Watts has also caught 58 passes for 757 yards, and totaled 586 kickoff return yards and 154 punt return yards.

Watts earned second team all-Conference USA honors as a kick returner and honorable mention accolades as a running back a year ago.

He was named the Game MVP and the Offensive MVP of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in leading Tulsa to a 31-17 victory over Iowa State. Watts gained 249 all-purpose yards in that game, including a game-high 149 rushing yards.

Three Paul Hornung Award finalists from last season are back on the list in 2013 - Antonio Andrews from Western Kentucky, Dri Archer from Kent State and Marqise Lee from the University of Southern California. The Watch List is comprised of 19 seniors, 21 juniors and four sophomores, representing 41 universities and 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

 

 

The winner will be honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet at the Galt House in downtown Louisville in late January 2014.

Tulsa opens the 2013 season on Thursday, August 29 in Ohio against the Bowling Green Falcons. Game time has been set for 6 pm (CT)/7 pm (ET) and can be seen on ESPN U. The Hurricane will kick-off the home season on Sept. 7 against the Colorado State Rams with a 6:00 pm kick time.

Season tickets beginning at $78 are available online at TulsaHurricane.com or by calling 918.631.GoTU.