More than one multi-talented area college football player will be watched closely this fall.
Vanderbilt running back Warren Norman and Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher were among the 48 players named Tuesday to the preseason watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, which was created by the Louisville Sports Commission to recognize college football’s most versatile player.
Most of those on the list regularly engage in at least three types of ‘touches’ -- catching, running, passing, returning kicks, returning punts, holding for placements, tackling, defending passes or recovering a fumble.
Norman set the Southeastern Conference record for all-purpose yards by a freshman in 2009 with 1,951 total – 1,050 on kickoff returns (an SEC record), 783 rushing and 108 receiving.
Dasher, who previously was named to the watch list of four other national awards, is one of four players in NCAA history to pass for at least 2,500 yards and rush for at least 1,000 in he same season.