Iowa State football: Aaron Wimberly listed on Paul Hornung Award watch list


Iowa State running back Aaron Wimberly is on the 2014 Paul Hornung Award watch list.

The Louisville Sports Commission released their list of 47 players that will be looked at to win the award this season and Wimberly was one of them. The Cyclone Football Twitter account posted the news.

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What is the Paul Hornung Award? It’s an award that began in 2010 for the most versatile college football player. Here’s more from the official release.

"The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fifth 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 Watch List is comprised of 22 seniors, 12 juniors and 13 sophomores, representing 43 universities and 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The ACC and Big Ten are tied as the leading conferences with 10 players followed by the Pac-12 with seven players. There are five players from the Big 12 and four from the SEC on the Watch List."

Those other four players in the Big 12 are Kenny Williams from Texas Tech, Levi Norwood from Baylor, Tyler Lockett from Kansas State, and B.J. Catalon from TCU. Other notables are UCLA’s Myles Jack, who was a finalist last season, and Iowa’s Kevonte Martin-Manley.

Former winners include LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. in 2013 and West Virginia’s Tavon Austin in 2012.

Being named on the watch list is an honor for Wimberly. He’s continuing to be highly praised heading into the season.