Earlier today the Louisville Sports Commission named 47 players to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List and Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois' explosive senior wide receiver, made the cut.
The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in college football. The list was comprised using the leaders in all-purpose yards and touchdowns from last year along with their expectations heading into this year.
Lewis, who had 1,405 all-purpose yards (117 yards-per-game) and five touchdowns last year, was named a PHA Honor Roll member in October. In the past two years, Lewis has amassed 2,723 yards and scored 12 times, second most at NIU. Jordan Lynch was the only player to gain more yards or score more touchdowns than Lewis (3,752 yards, 43 rushing/receiving touchdowns).
Lewis is the third MAC player nominated in the last three years, as Eric Page (Toledo) and Dri Archer (Kent State) were nominated for the award in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
It is the fifth year that the Paul Hornung Award will be given, with the winner being honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet, sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville sometime in late January.
For more details, and a full list of candidates, you can visit the website here.