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Underdogs pillage the 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

College football's most versatile player is given the Paul Hornung Award. Underdogs are sniffing.

D'Ernest Johnson of South Florida looks to win a Hornung Award for the Underdogs
D'Ernest Johnson of South Florida looks to win a Hornung Award for the Underdogs
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The mission of the Paul Hornung Award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football. That's cool, because no college football players are more versatile than Underdogs. So naturally, Underdogs haven't sniffed a win since the award's inception in 2010.

Underdog odds look fair, though. Of the 37 candidates for the Paul Hornung Award, 11 hail from the Group of Five. Will this be the year the Underdogs crack Hornung's shell? As always, I've extracted the Underdogs from the list and provided them for you here.

Underdogs who appear on the 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Tim Crawley, San Jose State Spartans

D'Ernest Johnson, South Florida Bulls

Quay Johnson, East Carolina Pirates

Xavier Johnson, South Alabama Jaguars

Corey Jones, Toledo Rockets

Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

Zach Paschal, Old Dominion Monarchs

Rashaad Penny, San Diego State Aztecs

Darius Phillips, Western Michigan Broncos

Jahad Thomas, Temple Owls

Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois Huskies