Malik Jefferson lands on another 2017 preseason award watch list.
The award is presented to the most versatile player in college football.
Thomas was previously named to the Bednarik Award watch list as the nation's top defensive player and is FSU's leading returning tackler with 77 in 2016.
Western Kentucky senior wide receiver/punt returner Nacarius Fant has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday morning. The victor and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 8, 2018. Former All-American Manti Te'o won the award in 2012 and standout linebacker Jaylon Smith won the award in 2015. Last year, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers became the first student from a current Big Ten school to earn the Hornung Award since it was first presented in 2010. Johnson (2003) and Sergio Kindle (2009) are the only other Longhorns to be named finalists. Morgan had five games with at least 10 tackles last season, including a career-high of 13 tackles (9 solo) in the season opener against Texas.
As a sophomore a season ago, Jefferson played in 11 games while making nine starts. In addition, he was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
Pugh, who played primarily as a pass-rusher from FSU's "BUCK" position finished the year with 43 tackles, including six for loss and 4.5 sacks. He replaced Su'a Cravens admirably in his first year as a starter, recording 7.5 tackles for loss and an impressive five pass deflections.