COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland wide receiver and returner D.J. Moore was recognized Monday as one of the nation’s most versatile players as he was named to the 2017 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.
The Hornung Award, now in its eighth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. Forty-six student-athletes made the cut for this year’s watch list.
Moore has made 23 straight starts for the Terps and has a reception in 21 consecutive games, the longest streak at Maryland since Torrey Smith's 30-game streak from 2008-10. Entering his junior season, Moore has tied a Maryland record for most touchdown catches through two years with nine (tied with Stefon Diggs, Jermaine Lewis and Dan Bungori).
The Philadelphia native started all 13 games in 2016, leading the team in receiving yards (637), receiving TDs (6) and yards/catch (15.5). He averaged 15.3 yards per play, the most among all Big Ten players. He also led the team with 15 kick returns for 334 yards (22.3 avg).
"We have a terrific Watch List again this year," said Paul Hornung, namesake of the Award, who legendary Coach Vince Lombardi called "the most versatile man ever to play the game." "I love the fact that we recognize players who have the skill and the right mind set to play anyplace on the field to help their team win games."
The 2017 Watch List is comprised of one graduate student, 23 seniors, 19 juniors, and three sophomores who play a total of nine different positions. They represent 45 universities in 28 states coast-to-coast across the 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Players on this year's Watch List accounted for 10,724 rushing yards, 16,853 receiving yards, 13,548 kickoff return yards, 4,092 punt return yards, and 394 total tackles in 2016.
The 2017 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2016 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations, and expectations heading into the 2017 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com.
The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 8, 2018. This will be The Paul Hornung Award's second year as an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.