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Cov­ing­ton na­tives to com­pete for Hor­nung Award

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

This Fall, two Cov­ing­ton na­tives will be in­di­rectly com­pet­ing against each other for the Paul Hor­nung Award as Devon Ed­wards and Akeem Hunt have both been named to the pre­sea­son watch list.

The Hor­nung award is an honor pre­sented an­nu­ally to the most ver­sa­tile player in the na­tion by The Louisville Sports Com­mis­sion. The award, now in its fifth year and given to col­lege foot­ball’s most ver­sa­tile player, is named af­ter Louisville leg­end and for­mer Green Bay Packers’ NFL Hallof-Famer Paul Hor­nung. The 2014 watch list was com­piled by a panel of col­lege foot­ball ex­perts based on a com­bi­na­tion of 2013 sta­tis­tics, ca­reer per­for­mances and ex­pec­ta­tions head­ing into the 2014 sea­son.

Cur­rent Duke stand­out, Ed­wards is a red­shirt sopho­more de­fen­sive back split­ting time at safety and cor­ner­back, as well as an Al­covy alum­nus.

At safety, Ed­wards to­taled 64 tack­les, three in­ter­cep­tions and six pass breakups. Ed­wards was also named to the Sport­ing News Pre­sea­son All-Amer­ica third team as a re­turner.

Ed­wards earned All-Amer­ica hon­ors last sea­son as a re­turn specialist af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the na­tion in kick­ing re­turn aver­age with 30.21 yards per re­turn. Ed­wards fin­ished just short of first place in the bal­lot­ing for ACC De­fen­sive Rookie of the Year hon­ors.

A four-year let­ter­man at Al­covy un­der coach Kirk Hoff­man, as a se­nior Ed­wards recorded 49 tack­les, nine pass breakups and one in­ter­cep­tion while gain­ing 1,978 all-pur­pose yards with 20 to­tal touch­downs en route to earn­ing Re­gion 3-AAAA Of­fen­sive Player of the Year hon­ors.

Prov­ing his worth as a re­turner, Ed­wards was selected sec­ond team all-state by the Ge­or­gia Sports­writers As­so­ci­a­tion as a re­turn specialist af­ter av­er­ag­ing 41 yards per kick-off re­turn and re­turn­ing four kick-offs for touch­downs in 2011.

Ed­wards set Al­covy sin­gle-sea­son records for all-pur­pose yards, to­tal touch­downs and kick-off re­turns for touch­downs while be­com­ing just the third player in school his­tory to rush for over 1,000 yards in a sin­gle cam­paign (1,009).

At run­ning back en­ter­ing his se­nior sea­son, Hunt is com­ing off a great of- fen­sive sea­son in which he av­er­aged 119.2 yards per game and ranked sev­enth in the Big Ten Con­fer­ence in all-pur­pose yards.

This is Hunt’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son on the watch list. It’s safe to say, last year Hunt was an all-around, all-pur­pose back. He to­taled 464 rush­ing yards, 340 re­ceiv­ing yards and 626 kick re­turn yards. Hunt cur­rently ranks sec­ond on Pur­due’s all-time kick­off re­turn yards list.

As a ju­nior, Hunt ap­peared in 12 games mak­ing nine starts af­ter ap­pear­ing as a re­serve only in his first two sea­sons at Pur­due. In Hunt’s first two sea­sons he never ex­ceeded 45 car­ries, but he was able to aver­age at least eight yards per carry in each sea­son.

Hunt has ac­counted for 3,300 all-pur­pose yards in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing 1,086 yards rush­ing. As a ju­nior, he had 867 kick­off re­turn yards, which was good for sec­ond all-time in a sea­son at Pur­due.

Hunt is a New­ton High School alum­nus, where he was named team of­fen­sive MVP as a se­nior. In his se­nior sea­son he ran for 654 yards and 11 touch­downs while av­er­ag­ing 5.7 yards per carry. He to­taled 1,611 all-pur­pose yards dur­ing his ten­ure at New­ton.

The Watch List is com­prised of 22 se­niors, 12 ju­niors and 13 sopho­mores, rep­re­sent­ing 43 uni­ver­si­ties and 10 con­fer­ences that are part of the 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.

photo cour­tesy of go­duke.com /The Cov­ing­ton News

Ed­wards Devonte Ed­wards has been selected to the Paul Hor­nung Award pre­sea­son watch list. Ed­wards is a red­shirt sopho­more de­fen­sive back at Duke. He is an alum­nus of Al­covy High School.

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photo cour­tesy of pur­due­ex­po­nent.org /The Cov­ing­ton News

Hunt Akeem Hunt has been selected to the Paul Hor­nung Award pre­sea­son watch list. Hunt is a se­nior run­ning back at Pur­due. He played foot­ball at New­ton High School.

Akeem Hunt

Hunt

Devon Ed­wards

Ed­wards

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