Ishmael Adams and Myles Jack have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Paul Hornung Award. The award is presented annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.
The award is named after football legend Paul Hornung, whose versatility earned his enshrinement in both the college and professional football Halls of Fame. While best known as a running back on the Green Bay Packers, Hornung played every position in the offensive backfield, handled punting and placekicking duties, returned kickoffs and started at safety on defense while at Notre Dame.
Myles Jack was named a finalist for the award as a freshman and was on the watch list last season too. Last season, Jack made 88 tackles, including eight for a loss, and returned an interception for a 41-yard touchdown. Offensively in 2014, Jack ran the ball 28 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Ishmael Adams started all 13 games last season. He made 41 tackles, including one for a loss, while picking off two passes which he returned for touchdowns and blocking a kick. Adams was third on the team in all-purpose yards, amassing 901 yards for and an average of 69.3 per contest. His punt return average of 9.2 yards per punt was 26th in the nation and he averaged 22.7 yards per kickoff return.