ECU’s Career Reception Leader Nominated For Most Versatile Player Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – East Carolina senior inside wide receiver and kick returner Dwayne Harris has been named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, an honor that will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

The Hornung Watch List, comprised of 48 players, was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2009 statistics and expectations heading into the 2010 season.

Last week, Harris was one of 50 players named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the nation’s top wide receiver. Harris was the 2009 Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Year and a first-team selection at wide receiver in addition to garnering second-team honors as a kick returner.

His 2010 preseason awards include First Team All-Conference USA wide receiver as selected by league coaches, First Team All C-USA wide receiver by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, second-team all-league as a wide receiver and kick return specialist by Phil Steele Magazine, 2010 Consensus Draft Services Preseason FBS Honorable Mention All-America Team member as a kick returner and the College Football Performance Awards’ preseason favorite to capture the 2010 Kickoff Returner Trophy.

A year ago, Harris helped the Pirates to their second-straight Conference USA Championship and AutoZone Liberty Bowl berth with his Most Valuable Player performance in the league title game against Houston. He tallied nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown while adding a 69-yard kickoff return versus the Cougars.

Harris hauled in 83 passes during the season, tying him with Aundrae Allison for ECU’s second-most receptions in a year. Harris’ 978 receiving yards were also good for second on the school’s all-time single-season list. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native, is the program’s all-time leader in receptions with 167 while standing second in receiving yards with 1,878, just 104 behind Troy Smith (1995-98).

In Conference USA history, Harris opens the year ranked 16th in all-purpose yards (4,092) and second in kickoff returns for a touchdown with three. Additionally, he is 22 receptions shy of entering the league’s top-15 list and 46 yards short of the career return yards top-15 ledger.

Joining Harris on the watch list from C-USA are juniors Tyron Carrier of Houston and Damaris Johnson of Tulsa. Appearing on the watch list is not a prerequisite for winning the award, however. The selection committee will narrow the field to approximately 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season in early December and then select the winner at or near the end of the bowl season in early January.

The Paul Hornung Award Banquet will be held in late January at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 18, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    If any Wide Receiver is Lanky, I'd have to say Randy Moss or Desean Jackson. Moss and Brady led the Patriots to a 16-0 season, and this comes from someone who hates the Patriots, make that all Mass. teams. Jackson did a lot for the Eagles his rookie year, even though the Eagles will be awful this year without Donovan.
  • by KC on Aug 17, 2010 at 11:48 PM
    A great example of "lanky" would be Jerry Rice.
  • by Steve on Aug 17, 2010 at 08:06 PM
    Anonymous at 9:19pm. Dwayne may or may not play in NFL. I hope he does and succeeds greatly. Regardless, he is an exciting college ballplayer. But, you state he won't as he's "too lanky". LOL! When is 6'0" flat (and I have met Dwayne- he's more like 5'11") "too lanky"? Either in college or the NFL? Are you "height challenged" or not know the meaning of the term "lanky", or just have no idea at all of what you write? Next time, come better equipped here, please. No wonder you post anonymously. I'd be embarrassed to put my name too.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Aug 17, 2010 at 06:38 PM
    Yeah Anonymous, that's what "they" said about Chris Johnson as well. Hmm, he seem to be doing okay wouldn't you say?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    This kid will never make an NFL squad because he is too lanky.
  • by cww Location: ?????????? on Aug 17, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    Congrats to Dwayne...well done!
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