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Tulsa's Trey Watts Named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Trey Watts was named to the 2012 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award.
Trey Watts was named to the 2012 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award.
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Aug. 2, 2012

Louisville, KY - University of Tulsa tailback/kick returner Trey Watts was named to the 2012 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, it was announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Watts is one of 49 multi-talented players named to the preseason watch list. The Paul Hornung 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.

The 5'11" junior led the Golden Hurricane in all-purpose yardage last year with 1,629 yards for a 125.3 average per game. Watts rushed for 881 yards, a 5.6 average and three touchdowns, while catching 31 passes for 242 yards and three TDs. In his first season returning kickoffs for the Hurricane, Watts gained 482 yards for a 24.1 average per return and one touchdown.

Watts was an honorable mention all-Conference USA selection as a sophomore. He had two 100-yard rushing games with 159 yards against #7-ranked Oklahoma State and 144 yards vs. Marshall. Watts gained 254 all-purpose yards against UTEP with 69 yards coming on the ground, 72 receiving yards and 113 yards on kick returns, including a career-long 94-yard return for a touchdown.

Watts is one of only three players from Conference USA schools to be selected to the watch list. The other two are UCF's Quincy McDuffe and Tracy Lampley of Southern Miss.

The 2012 Paul Hornung Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2011 statistics, career performances and expectations heading into the 2012 season.

2012 Paul Hornung Award Watch List Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Keenan Allen, California Tavon Austin, West Virginia Kenjon Barner , Oregon Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State D.J. Beshears, Kansas Matt Brown, Temple Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State Trey Burton, Florida Adrian Bushell, Louisville Jesse Callier, Washington Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest Brandon Carter, TCU Tommy Davis, Illinois Quandre Diggs, Texas Jerry "BooBoo" Gates, Bowling Green Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State Jordan Hall, Ohio State Dustin Harris, Texas A&M Terry Hawthorne, Illinois Dennis Johnson, Arkansas Chandler Jones, San Jose State Perry Jones, Virginia Tracy Lampley, Southern Miss Marqise Lee, Southern California Josh Lenz, Iowa Venric Marks, Northwestern Onterio McCaleb, Auburn Qunicy McDuffe, UCF Tyrann Mathieu, LSU Jamal Miles, Arizona State T.J. Moe, Missouri Ty Montgomery, Stanford Warren Norman, Vanderbilt Jordan Poyer, Oregon State Theo Riddick, Notre Dame Nickell Robey, Southern California Ace Sanders, South Carolina Jeff Scott, Mississippi Branden Smith, Georgia Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech Darryl Surgent, Louisiana-Lafayette De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Justin Veltung, Idaho Sammy Watkins, Clemson Trey Watts, Tulsa Kerwynn Williams, Utah State Robert Woods, Southern California