Make it two watch lists for Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman. The sophomore, who made the list for the Biletnikoff Award last week, is also among those to watch for the Paul Hornung Award presented annually to the most versatile player in college football.
"Versatile" is a word that fits for Spielman after he earned All-Big Ten honors as a wide receiver and kick returner in 2017. He made 55 catches for 830 yards as a redshirt freshman, setting freshman records at Nebraska in both categories. Spielman also holds the school record for single-game receiving yards for his 11-catch, 200-yard game against Ohio State last October.
His first collegiate touch established Spielman as dangerous threat right away, as he took a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in last year's season-opening win over Arkansas State. Overall Spielman ranked third in the Big Ten in yards per kickoff return (24.8) and first in kickoff return yards per game (60.8). He ranked third in the conference in all-puporse yards per game behind star running backs Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin).
While the Huskers have claimed most of the major awards in college football, a Nebraska player has never won the Hornung Award, which has been around since 2010. Ameer Abdullah was a finalist in 2014.