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July 15, 2016 

USF & Clemson only programs with players on the O’Brien, Walker, Biletnikoff, Mackey and Hornung watch lists 

TAMPA, JULY 15, 2016 – USF’s number of national award watch lists on which a Bull has been included climbed to a program-record 10 on Friday as junior running back D’Ernest Johnson (Immokalee) was named to the seventh annual Paul Hornung Award watch list, presented annually to the most versatile collegiate football player.

Johnson joined junior running back Marlon Mack (Walter Camp, Maxwell & Doak Walker Awards), senior wide receiver Rodney Adams (Biletnikoff), junior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Davey O’Brien Award), junior cornerback Deatrick Nichols (Bednarik & Thorpe Awards), junior linebacker Auggie Sanchez (Butkus Award) and sophomore tight end Elkanah Dillon(Mackey Award) among Bulls named to national award watch lists entering the 2016 season. Adams is the only senior among seven Bulls players represented.

The Bulls highly productive “Gulf Coast Offense,” which set 34 team and individual program records in 2015, was recognized with five players making national award watch lists. USF joined Clemson as the only two programs nationally to have players named to the Davey O’Brien (QB), Doak Walker (RB), Biletnikoff (WR), John Mackey (TE) and Paul Hornung (all-purpose) award watch lists.

Johnson was voted the Bulls’ Co-Offensive MVP in 2015 after logging 1,251 all-purpose yards. He finished second on the team with 26 receptions for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He ran 71 times for 307 yards (4.3 ypc) and one touchdown and racked up 563 yards in kickoff returns and had 25 in punt returns. Johnson also threw two touchdown passes (29 and 34 yards) on his only two pass attempts of the season. He ranked 16th in the FBS, averaging 26.8 yards per kickoff return and set a USF game record with 281 all-purpose yards in the Bulls’ 65-27 demolition of Cincinnati, including averaging 45.4 yards per return on four kickoff returns.

The Paul Hornung Award was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Ky. and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back. While in the NFL, he was an offensive back and kicker, a member of four NFL championship teams with the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring from 1959 to 1961. He was named league MVP following the 1961 season.

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2016 USF National Award Watch Lists

Marlon Mack, JR, RB              Walter Camp Award – collegiate player of the year

Maxwell Award – top collegiate player

                                                Doak Walker Award – top collegiate running back

Deatrick Nichols, JR, DB        Bednarik Award – top collegiate defensive player

                                                Thorpe Award – top collegiate defensive back

Rodney Adams, SR, WR         Biletnikoff – top collegiate receiver

Elkanah Dillon, SO, TE          Mackey Award – top collegiate tight end

Quinton Flowers, JR, QB        Davey O’Brien Award – top collegiate quarterback

D’Ernest Johnson, JR, RB      Paul Hornung Award – most versatile collegiate player

Auggie Sanchez, JR, LB          Butkus Award – top collegiate linebacker

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