Dontre Wilson Named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer and Tom Herman have big plans for Ohio State slot receiver Dontre Wilson this season, which is the major reason why the sophomore was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List on Monday.
The award, which is now in its fifth season, is given annually to the nation's most versatile player.
Stanford's Owen Marecic, who played both linebacker and fullback with the Cardinal, was the first winner in 2010, followed by Georgia's Brandon Boykin in 2011, West Virginia's Tavon Austin in 2012 and LSU's Odell Beckham last season.
Wilson's potential versatility was what made him such a draw to Meyer when he was recruiting him in 2012. As a freshman last season Wilson carried the ball 31 times for 250 yards, caught 22 passes for 210 yards and returned 21 kickoffs for 523 yards.
Now a starter, Wilson's production should go up considerably. Replacing last season's number one receiver Philly Brown, he now becomes Braxton Miller's top target.
When you combine his potential receptions along with the number of carries he is sure to get on fly sweeps and the like, as well as his projected position as the team's number one kickoff returner, his spot on this watch list should not be a surprise.
If he performs as his coaches expect him to this season, Wilson might just be a dark horse to win the award outright.
Wilson is one of 10 Big Ten players to make the list.
Ameer Abdullah, RB Nebraska
Kenny Bell, WR Nebraska
V'Angelo Bentley, CB Illinois
Shilique Calhoun, DE Michigan State
Stefon Diggs, WR Maryland
Akeem Hunt, RB Purdue
Venric Mark, RB Northwestern
Kevonte Martin-Manley, WR Iowa
Dontre Wilson, WR Ohio State
Shane Wynn, WR Indiana
The winner will be honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, held at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in downtown Louisville in late January-2015.
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