FILE - Mississippi State seniors Johnthan Banks (13) and Chad Bumphis (1) were named to the 2012 Paul Hornung Award watch list. Photo by: MSU athletics
August 2, 2012 12:31:20 PM
A pair of Mississippi State seniors were named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, which is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.
Johnthan Banks and Chad Bumphis led a group of 12 Southeastern Conference players on the list and the Bulldogs were the only team in the 14-team league to have multiple players on the list.
The award was created in 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission has a list of three criteria to be eligible for the honor. The eligible players must be at multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense. The players must play a significant role on special teams and perform as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense and is used on the other side of the ball in some capacity.
Banks and Bumphis are expected to compete for special team return spots on this 2012 MSU roster and Banks even got a pair of receptions in the spring football game but it is unknown what his offensive role could be in his final season with the Bulldogs.
Last season's award winner was University of Georgia defensive back and kick return specialist Brandon Boykin.
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