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Oregon Ducks Have Three Players on Hornung Watch List
Three Oregon Ducks football players were named to the Paul Hornung Watch List this past week, the university announced.
The Hornung award is given each year to the nation's most versatile college football player.
Cliff Harris, Kenjon Barner and Josh Huff made Oregon the only team with more than two players on the preseason watch list for the Hornung award, which will be presented at the end of the 2011 season.
Huff might be the leader of the three in terms of versatility. The sophomore wide receiver played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010, when the Ducks earned a spot in the BCS National Championship game. He finished second on the team—to Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James—in all-purpose yards with 1,086, returning kicks, catching passes and taking handoffs in the running game. He had 214 rushing yards, 303 receiving yards and 567 kickoff-return yards.
Barner, James' backup at running back, is a junior who rushed for 551 yards and finished second on the team with an average of 94.5 all-purpose yards per game in 2010. He had 1,040 all-purpose yards last season, fourth-best on the team. Barner is adept at running and catching the ball, as well as returning punts and kickoffs.
Harris is a preseason All-American at cornerback who was named All-American as a returner in 2010 by the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News, SI.com and ESPN.com. He was also named a second-team All-American at cornerback by The Associated Press and SI.com. Harris turned in 781 all-purpose yards in 2010 and was also named to the watch list for the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to college football's best defensive player.
The three Ducks were among nine Pac-12 Conference players on the Hornung watch list, the most of any other conference. Alabama and Virginia Tech, with two each, were the only other schools with multiple players on the list.
Josh Huff, GoDucks.com
Kenjon Barner, GoDucks.com
Cliff Harris, GoDucks.com
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