University of South Carolina standout Stephon Gilmore is one of 50 players selected the watch list for the 2011 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, it was announced today.
Gilmore, a 6-1, 193-pound junior from Rock Hill, S.C., is a preseason first-team All-SEC selection at cornerback. He also returns punts for the Gamecocks and has been used as the team’s quarterback in the “wildcat” formation. He was a first-team All-SEC choice in 2010 and was a third-team Associated Press All-American after leading the team with 79 tackles.
Created by the Louisville Sports Commission, the Paul Hornung Award is designed to recognize versatile, high-level performers in major college football and help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky’s best-known athletes. A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the winner, and the votes are tabulated independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford. The winner will be honored in Louisville at the Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine.