Pair of Cougars named to national watch lists

Pair of Cougars named to national watch lists

Washington State redshirt-sophomore wide receiver and kick returner Travell Harris was named to the 2019 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Communication announced Thursday.

Harris is one of 44 players named to the award watch list given to the most versatile player in major college football. Former running back Jamal Morrow was last named to the same watch list prior to the 2017 season.

As a redshirt-freshman last season, Harris earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a kick returner after leading the conference in kick return average (27.6), good for sixth-best in the country. The Tampa, Fla. native recorded six kick returns of 30+ yards in 2018 and picked up Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Washington. As a receiver, Harris caught 27 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown and also earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention after posting a 3.29 cumulative GPA last fall.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung , the Golden Boy The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 4, 2020.

Hornung earned NFL MVP honors for the Packers in 1961 by setting a single-season NFL scoring record that stood 46 years. He is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called him, ” The most versatile man ever to play the game. ”

Washington State redshirt-junior punter Oscar Draguicevich III was named to the Ray Guy Award, The Augusta Sports Council announced Wednesday.

Draguicevich III is one of four punters from the Pac-12 Conference named to the award watch list given to the nation’s top collegiate punter. Draguicevich III was named to the same list prior to last season.

In his first season with the Cougars, Draguicevich III was named All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention after finishing second in the league with a 45.7 punting average, a WSU single-season record and good for seventh-best in the country. The Hutto , Texas native recorded 13 punts of 50+ yards and put 15 punts inside the 20 including a pair inside the 20 in the Alamo Bowl win over Iowa State.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team’s success.