A pair of Ohio State h-backs, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson have been named to the watch list for the 2015 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse. The award, in just its 5th year, honors the most versatile player in the nation.
Marshall, a third-year sophomore, was the second leading receiver for the Buckeyes last season. In 15 games, Marshall had 38 receptions, 499 yards, and six touchdowns. His number of receptions as a freshman are second only to the great Cris Carter, who had 41 of them in 1984. Marshall also had 25 rushing attempts for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Marshall did his part on special teams last season too, proving himself to be one of the top punt returners in the country. In 24 punt returns, Marshall accumulated 283 yards and a touchdown. He also returned two kickoffs, for a total of 56 yards.
Dontre Wilson, a junior, finds himself on the watch list after a season last year in which he played 10 of 15 games. After playing in the first nine, and starting in three, Wilson suffered a foot injury that kept him out until the national championship game, where he played just three snaps. Wilson totaled 18 carries last year for 100 yards, as well as 21 receptions for 300 yards, and three touchdowns.
The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football, and based on their many talents and stats, it is clear why Marshall and Wilson are under early consideration.