44 players named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Dri Archer is one of three returning 2012 Paul Hornung Award Finalists. (USATSI)
Dri Archer is one of three returning 2012 Paul Hornung Award Finalists. (USATSI)
If the offseason finish line is finally crawling into sight -- and with Media Days later this very month and fall camps opening in around five weeks -- it must be time for college football awards watch lists.

Friday gives us the watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, given annually to "the most versatile player in major college football" by the Louisville Cardinals Sports Commission. The 2013 list includes 44 players chosen "by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2012 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2013 season."

The list includes three of the finalists from 2012. That honor went to West Virginia Cavaliers 's Tavon Austin. USC's Marqise Lee , Kent State Golden Flashes 's Dri Archer, and Western Kentucky Wildcats 's Antonio Andrews are again on this year's list.

The complete list:

Jared Abbrederis , Wisconsin Badgers
Ameer Abdullah , Nebraska Cornhuskers
Antonio Andrews, WKU
Dri Archer, Kent State
D.J. Banks , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU Tigers
Corey (Pitt) Brown , Ohio State Buckeyes
Isaiah Burse , Fresno State Bulldogs
Trey Burton , Florida Gators
Michael Campanaro , Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Brandon Carter , TCU Horned Frogs
Chris Coyer , Temple Owls
Quandre Diggs , Texas Longhorns
Stefon Diggs , Maryland Terrapins
Bruce Ellington , South Carolina Gamecocks
Tyler Ervin , San Jose State Spartans
Cody Fajardo , Nevada Wolf Pack
JD Falslev , BYU
D.J. Foster , Arizona State Sun Devils
Jerry “BooBoo” Gates, Bowling Green Falcons
Justin Gilbert , Oklahoma Sooners State
Jamal Golden , Georgia Bulldogs Tech
Scott Harding , Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Akeem Hunt , Purdue Boilermakers
Kyshoen Jarrett , Virginia Tech Hokies
Duke Johnson , Miami (FLA)
Christion Jones , Alabama Crimson Tide
Marqise Lee, Southern California
Tommylee Lewis , Northern Illinois Huskies
Tyler Lockett , Kansas Jayhawks State
Jordan Lynch , Northern Illinois Huskies
Johnny Manziel , Texas A&M Aggies
Venric Mark , Northwestern Wildcats
Malcolm Mitchell , Georgia Bulldogs
Marcus Murphy , Missouri Tigers
LaDarius Perkins , Mississippi State Bulldogs
Loucheiz Purifoy , Florida
Bernard Reedy , Toledo Rockets
Jamill Smith , Ball State Cardinals
Damien Thigpen , UCLA Bruins
De'Anthony Thomas , Oregon Ducks
Tramaine Thompson , Kansas State Wildcats
Sammy Watkins , Clemson Tigers
Trey Watts , Tulsa Golden Hurricane  

A Lousiville native, Hornung is personally involved with the award.

“The Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the upcoming season is an impressive group of players who excel at multiple positions to help their teams win, which is how I played the game,” Hornung said as part of the announcement. “I look forward to honoring the winner here in Louisville at one of the best banquets the country has to offer for college football players and their families.”

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