Cal Trevor Davis Named To Paul Hornung Award Watch List
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior wide receiver/returner Trevor Davis was named Monday to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List presented by Texas Roadhouse. The award, now in its sixth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy. The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed.
Davis adds the honor to a 2015 preseason that includes second-team preseason All-American honors from the Sporting News as a kick returner after he established himself as one of the nation’s top all-purpose threats as a kick returner and wide receiver during his 2014 junior campaign at Cal. Davis ranked second nationally with a 32.6 yards per kick return average and tied for second with two kick return touchdowns that both set school records. He had both of the kick return touchdowns on back-to-back third-quarter returns to equal NCAA and Pac-12 single-game records during a monster game at Washington State in which he also had two touchdown receptions and totaled a career-high and team season-high 280 all-purpose yards. Davis finished the 2014 season with 893 all-purpose yards on 13 kick returns for 424 yards, 24 receptions for 399 yards receiving and five touchdown catches, and eight punt returns for 70 yards.
The watch list for the 2015 Paul Hornung Award was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2014 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations and expectations heading into the 2015 season. Profiles of each player and information about the award can be found at paulhornungaward.com. Players may be added to the watch list during the 2015 regular season based on performance. Players from all FBS teams are eligible and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the award.
Texas Roadhouse signed on as presenting sponsor of the Paul Hornung Award in 2011 and will team with the Louisville Sports Commission to power fan voting again this season. College football fans nationwide 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 winner.
A panel of college football experts selects players for the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll based on performance each week during the regular season. A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award finalists and the winner, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 17th vote.
The winner and his family will be honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in February 2016.
“I’m ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time,” said Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner who played every position in the offensive backfield during his Notre Dame career and was a triple threat halfback for the title town Green Bay Packers of the early 1960s. “The quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I’m pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win, the way I did with Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers.”
Cal will open the 2015 campaign with back-to-back home games at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium, starting Sept. 5 vs. Grambling State. The Bears then host San Diego State on Sept. 12. Both contests will get underway at 2 p.m. PT and air on Pac-12 Networks.
Cal will then visit Austin for the first time since 1970 to play its final non-conference game of the regular season against Texas on Sept. 19. The contest will be televised by FOX and kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT.
The Bears will also host Pac-12 contests against Washington State (Oct. 3), USC (Oct. 31), Oregon State (Nov. 14) and Arizona State (Nov. 28).
Cal will travel to Pac-12 foes Washington (Sept. 26), Utah (Oct. 10), UCLA (Oct. 22), Oregon (Nov. 7) and Stanford (Nov. 21), with ESPN to telecast the Thursday night contest at the Rose Bowl against UCLA (6 p.m. PT).
Kickoff times and TV networks for all of Cal’s Pac-12 games other than the UCLA game will be announced either six of 12 days in advance of each contest. Every Cal football game will be televised again this season.
The Pac-12 Championship Game will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara on Dec. 5, starting at either 4:45 or 5 p.m. and telecast on ABC or ESPN.
Visit the tickets page at CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS for 2015 ticket information. Season tickets are now on sale for the team’s six-game home slate. Purchase today for the best available locations. Prices start as low as $99 for youth and seniors in the Gold Zone and are $199 for adults in the Gold Zone and New Alumni section.