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Trevor Davis named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

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Go Trevor!

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Davis is the first Golden Bear to be recognized by the college football preseason watchlists. Davis is one of the 40-plus players placed on the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist. The award is given to the most versatile player in college football.

Davis became a huge part of the Cal offense last season as he emerged as the first legitimate Golden Bear deep threat from the receiving position in quite some time. The upgrade in speed really helped jetpack Cal's offense to some huge strides in passing efficiency and yards per play. The deep threat of Davis opened things up for Jared Goff and the Bear Raid in other areas, and the Golden Bear offense took huge strides forward in 2014.

Davis's biggest contributions came against Washington State, where his two consecutive kickoff returns for touchdowns kept the Bears in the game against the Cougars and eventually helped lift Cal to victory.

Here is part of the press release from Cal Athletics.

Davis adds the honor to a 2015 preseason that includes second-team preseason All-American honors from the Sporting News as a kick returner after he established himself as one of the nation’s top all-purpose threats as a kick returner and wide receiver during his 2014 junior campaign at Cal. Davis ranked second nationally with a 32.6 yards per kick return average and tied for second with two kick return touchdowns that both set school records. He had both of the kick return touchdowns on back-to-back third-quarter returns to equal NCAA and Pac-12 single-game records during a monster game at Washington State in which he also had two touchdown receptions and totaled a career-high and team season-high 280 all-purpose yards. Davis finished the 2014 season with 893 all-purpose yards on 13 kick returns for 424 yards, 24 receptions for 399 yards receiving and five touchdown catches, and eight punt returns for 70 yards.