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ULM's Rashon Ceaser Named to Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List
MONROE, La. -- ULM junior wide receiver Rashon Ceaser has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football (Football Bowl Subdivision).
Last season, the Clinton, La. native was named Second Team All-Sun Belt after he led the Warhawks in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (964), while finishing tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (five).
He also handled punt return duties for ULM and tallied 12 returns for 126 yards. In the non-conference finale against Tulane, Ceaser returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and it marked the first time since the 2001 season that a ULM player scored a TD on a punt return (Mikkal Henry, 53 yards, vs. Troy, Nov. 10, 2001).
Ceaser started the season with five catches for 39 yards in the opener at No. 16 Oklahoma and followed with 95 receiving yards on six receptions against Grambling State. In week three at Wake Forest, Ceaser tallied a career-high 10 receptions in the win over the Demon Deacons.
In the league opener against Western Kentucky, Ceaser caught five balls for 66 yards. In the homecoming tilt against Georgia State, he racked up 69 yards on four catches.
Ceaser finished the season on a high note as he tallied four straight 100-plus yard receiving efforts. During the four-game stretch to end 2013, he totaled 471 receiving yards, which accounted for 48.8% of his season total and all five of his TD grabs came in the final four games.
Against Troy, he finished with 105 receiving yards on just three catches including one touchdown. A week later, Ceaser hauled in a pair of touchdown passes as he finished with five catches for 118 yards in the home finale against Arkansas State. Ceaser recorded a new career-best with 138 receiving yards (nine catches, one touchdown) at South Alabama. In the regular season finale at UL-Lafayette, Ceaser registered 110 receiving yards as he caught six passes, including a touchdown.
The preseason watch list features a total of 47 players and the full list is below:
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Nelson Agholor, Southern California
Kenny Bell, Nebraska
V'Angelo Bentley, Illinois
Victor Bolden, Oregon State
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
B.J. Catalon, TCU
Rashon Ceaser, ULM
Stacy Coley, Miami (FL)
James Conner, Pittsburgh
Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Jamison Crowder, Duke
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Chris Dunkley, South Florida
DeVon Edwards, Duke
D.J. Foster, Arizona State
Charles Gaines, Louisville
Rannell Hall, Central Florida
Scott Harding, Hawaii
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Akeem Hunt, Purdue
Myles Jack, UCLA
Christion Jones, Alabama
Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State
Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
T.J. Logan, North Carolina
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa
J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Khalfani Muhammad, California
Marcus Murphy, Missouri
Jamarcus Nelson, UAB
Levi Norwood, Baylor
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Shaq Thompson, Washington
Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion
Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield, Florida State
Carlos Wiggins, New Mexico
Kenny Williams, Texas Tech
Shane Williams-Rhodes, Boise St.
Myles Willis, Boston College
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Aaron Wimberly, Iowa St.
Shane Wynn, Indiana
About the Paul Hornung Award
The mission of the Paul Hornung Award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football (Football Bowl Subdivision team member); to help preserve the legacy of one of Louisville’s native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports twon.
The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award was created by the LSC in January 2010 with the support of the Golden Boy himself, Paul Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville and member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back. While in the NFL, Hornung was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points and was named League MVP following the 1961 season.
In the spirit of partnership with Paul Hornung, the LSC oversees and administers all aspects of the Award including budget, selection process, marketing and PR, banquet, trophy, sponsorships and hospitality. An Advisory Committee comprised of the LSC executive director, Board leadership and local business leaders provides guidance to insure the integrity of the Award.
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