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Jamal Morrow named to the 2017 Paul Hornung Award watch list

Morrow is the first Cougar to ever make the watch list

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After leading the Washington State Cougars in all-purpose yards last season, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Monday that running back Jamal Morrow was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list. The award is given to the most versatile player in college football each season.

Morrow finished his 2016 campaign with 575 rushing yards and 488 receiving yards while scoring 10 total touchdowns. He was not finished there either as he averaged 43.7 yards when returning punts. After three years in a Cougar uniform, Morrow has accumulated 1,273 yards on the ground and 1,242 yards receiving and has become one of Luke Falk’s favorite and most reliable targets.

Morrow is the definition of this award as he has shown his talents in all aspects of the game. Last season against Boise State he rushed 13 times for a career high 123-yards and scored two touchdowns. Against Oregon State later on in the season he found himself on the receiving end of a 61-yard touchdown from Falk that would spark the Cougars 35-31 comeback win in Corvallis.

The Pac-12 is no stranger to this award as three of the seven award winners have been from the conference. Owen Marecic from Stanford won the inaugural award and four years later the conference found success in back to back years as Washington’s Shaq Thompson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey won the award in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Of the 46 total athletes on the watch list, Morrow joins 5 other Pac-12 members. To see the complete list, click here.

The Paul Hornung Award winner will be announced on March 8, 2018.

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