Allenzae Staggers earns Paul Hornung Award watchlist spot
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss senior wide receiver Allenzae Staggers was a star in his first year as a Golden Eagle in 2016, and it has paved the way for him to earn a spot on the watchlist for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse. The honor goes to the most versatile player in college football.
Staggers led the team last year with 63 catches, 1,165 yards, 18.5 yards per catch and seven touchdowns. He also owns two of the five all-time 200-yard receiving games in Southern Miss history...Earned an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his All-Star performance against Rice, catching six passes for a program-record 292 yards and three touchdowns as Southern Miss broke its own record with 702 yards of offense.
Staggers was also brilliant in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, shattering its records of 11 catches and 230 yards (the latter also being the most in Southern Miss bowl history). As the team's primary punt returner, he had 21 attempts for 205 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the home opener.
To be eligible, during the selection process a candidate must be in good standing and eligible on his team, eligible with the NCAA and play significant time during most or all of the season. Decisions regarding student-athlete status for the Award will be made by the Louisville Sports Commission staff and Advisory Committee. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following:
- Play multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense
- Start as a position player on offense or defense and play a significant role on special teams
- 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 meaningful capacity
- Demonstrate an extreme, high-level of versatility at one position on a regular basis during the course of the season
- Make a significant impact during big games such as scoring, big plays, productivity, etc.
- Elevate the team’s performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles at one or more positions
Hornung, who played at Notre Dame, was the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner and played multiple backfield spots as well as special teams and on defense.
Southern Miss Football Watch List honorees
Maxwell Award (most outstanding player) - Ito Smith, Sr.
Lou Groza Award (best kicker) - Parker Shaunfield, RJr.
John Mackey Award (best tight end) - Julian Allen, RSr.
Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) - Allenzae Staggers, Sr.