Toledo's Corey Jones, Bowling Green's Ronnie Moore, and Ohio's Daz'Mond Patterson were named to the 2015 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award. Each year since 2010, the award has been given to the nation's most versatile player, usually playing multiple positions on offense, defense, special teams, or some combination therein. Past winners include Odell Beckham Jr., Shaq Thompson, and Tavon Austin.
Last season, Corey Jones played at receiver, running back, and returner for the Rockets, accumulating a total of 1,256 yards between all those positions, with 5 receiving touchdowns. Jones looks to be getting more playing time as a secondary receiver alongside Alonso Russel this season at receiver and returner.
Ronnie Moore is essentially the Dri Archer of the Bowling Green offense, a speedster with reliable hands at the primary receiver spot that can play all the skill positions. Moore has also seen time at running back and kick returner, accumulating 1,243 total yards, with 7 TD's (5 receiving, 2 rushing,) and even saw some tackles last year, totaling 9, with 20 over his career. The BGSU Air Raid offense should be extremely beneficial to his campaign.
Daz'Mond Patterson was a beast at the return game for the Bobcats last year, and is known for being an explosive kick returner with a knack for making people miss. Patterson is listed as a running back but has also seen time at receiver, and returns all kicks and punts. Last season, Patterson accumulated 1,126 yards between all positions last season, with 1 rushing touchdown last season. Though he does not score very often, Patterson will see good playing time this year, and is a good bet based on his assortment of positions and potential alone.
This year, the winner of the Paul Hornung Trophy will be honored at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY in February of 2016.