Williams-Rhodes Named To Hornung Award Watch List
July 6, 2015

  • 2015 Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List

    BOISE, Idaho – Boise State wide receiver/punt returner Shane Williams-Rhodes was named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday morning.

    The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to “the most versatile player in college football.” Hornung, the award’s namesake, won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame, and during his career played every position in the backfield in addition to punter, kicker, kick returner and defensive back.

    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 in February 2016.

    The announcement marks the second-straight year that Williams-Rhodes has been named to the award’s preseason watch list. Williams-Rhodes, a triple threat as a receiver, rusher and returner, enters his senior season in 2015 after having led Boise State a year ago in receptions (68) and touchdown catches (seven) while racking up 585 receiving yards and 179 on the ground. On special teams he averaged 8.5 yards over a team-high 18 punts returns.

    The Spring, Texas native finished 2014 tied for second in the Mountain West with his seven touchdown grabs and his 68 catches ranked fourth. For his outstanding performance he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention for the second year in a row.

    Williams-Rhodes enters the 2015 campaign fifth all-time at Boise State with 170 career receptions, and needs 75 to eclipse Matt Miller’s (2011-14) school record of 244. In last year’s opener against Ole Miss, Williams-Rhodes hauled in a career-best 14 passes, tying for the third-highest single-game total in school history. In 2013, he caught 77 passes, a figure that ranks fourth on Boise State’s single-season list.

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