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Ashtyn Davis Earns Spot On Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Posted July 26, 2018 by in

LOUISVILLE – Cal junior safety/kick returner Ashtyn Davis was selected Thursday to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The honor is given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Fan voting will open in late September and factor into the selection of the finalists and the winner.

The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner presented by the Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine, to be held at the Gait Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2019.

Davis, who was also a two-time All-American in track and field at Cal, is one of eight Cal players to have totaled 12 spots on preseason watch lists or be recognized as candidates for national awards in 2018. The others include senior tight end Ray Hudson (John Mackey Award Watch List), senior inside linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award®), senior running back Patrick Laird (Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award, Wuerffel Trophy), senior offensive tackle Patrick Mekari (Outland Trophy), junior wide receiver Kanawai Noa (Biletnikoff Award), senior center Addison Ooms (Rimington Trophy) and senior wide receiver Vic Wharton III (Biletnikoff Award).

Below are notes on Davis with an extended bio available by clicking on his name.

Ashtyn Davis, S/KR, 6-1, 190, Jr., 2L, Santa Cruz, CA (Santa Cruz HS)
Pronunciation: ashton
• Co-led the nation in kick returns (39) as a 2017 sophomore while ranking ninth in kick return yards (826) and 14th in combined kick return yards (826), with both the kick return and combined kick return yards second in the Pac-12
• Won Cal’s J. Scott Duncan Award as its Most Valuable Player on Special Teams each of the last two seasons as a sophomore and a 2016 redshirt freshman
• Had a career-high 33 tackles, as well as his first career interception that he returned for 31 yards and the first three pass breakups of his career as a sophomore
• Has played in 24 career games with nine starts and contributed 58 career tackles to go with one fumble recovery recorded as freshman, and his interception and pass breakup numbers all picked up as a sophomore

The Paul Hornung Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling preseason watch lists for 17 of their 24 awards over a 12-day period from July 16-27. Following is the entire 2018 preseason watch list calendar.

2018 Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 16 – Bednarik Award, Maxwell Award
Tuesday, July 17 – Davey O’Brien Award
Wednesday, July 18 – Doak Walker Award
Thursday, July 19 – Biletnikoff Award
Friday, July 20 – John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy
Monday, July 23 – Thorpe Award, Butkus Award®
Tuesday, July 24 – Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Wednesday, July 25 – Groza Award, Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 26 – Hornung Award, Wuerffel Trophy
Friday, July 27 – Walter Camp Award

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