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2012 Paul Hornung Award watch list released

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Clemson's Sammy Watkins is one of 49 players on the Paul Hornung Award watch list (US Presswire)

The watch lists have arrived in college football. The annual individual awards given at the end of the season will be rolling out their initial lists over the next couple weeks, and college football fans get their first round of debatable distinctions for 2012.

The Paul Hornung Award is a new postseason award, as 2012 will be only the third year in which it's given out. The award goes to the "most versatile player in major college football." This season the award names 49 players to keep your eyes on.

2012 Paul Hornung Award watch list

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Keenan Allen, California
Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Johnthan 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 Mississippi
Marqise Lee, Southern California
Josh Lenz, Iowa State
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
Quincy McDuffie, Central Florida
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

Paul Hornung Award watch list by conference

SEC 12
Pac 12 10
Big Ten 6
Big 12 6
ACC 4
C-USA 3
WAC 3
Big East 2
Sun Belt 1
MAC 1
Independent 1

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