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