The Jet Return Specialist Award Watch List
Annual Jet Award
Omaha, NE – July 22nd –
The 2013 Jet Award watch list includes one of last year’s finalists for the award, Marcus Murphy (Sr) of Missouri. Murphy returned three punts for touchdowns in 2012. Athletes on the watch list represent eleven different conferences and Independent BYU, with the SEC leading the way with nine. University of Miami’s Duke Johnson (Soph) is the nation’s returning leader in kickoff return average (33). Tremaine Thompson (Sr) of Kansas State led the nation in 2012 in punt return average (19.8).
The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers.
To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin won the award in 2012. Joe Adams of Arkansas won the inaugural award in 2011.
From the initial watch list, a list of 12 semifinalists will be announced at the end of October and the list will be whittled down to four finalists in November. The winner will be chosen by a vote of the selection committee and the 2013 winner will be announced in December.
Veteran college football return specialists will be honored with Legacy awards each year as well. Former LSU Tiger and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was awarded the 2012 Legacy award. This year, veteran return specialists from the 1960’s will receive Legacy awards.
The award event will move to the Ralston Arena this year and will benefit the Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation’s charitable programs. Currently through his youth foundation, Rodgers has joined the fight to keep kids in school until graduation.
2013 The Jet Award Watch List
Player Year School
Ralph David Abernathy IV Jr.. Cincinnati
Antonio Andrews Sr. Western Kentucky Dri Archer Sr. Kent State
DJ Banks Sr. Louisiana Tech Odell Beckham Jr. LSU Corey Brown Sr. Ohio State Isaiah Burse Sr. Fresno State Chase Clayton Jr. New Mexico State Jordan Cotton Sr. Iowa Andre Debose Sr. Florida Quandre Diggs Jr. Texas Stefon Diggs Soph Maryland Tyler Ervin Jr. San Jose State Spiffy Evans Jr. Boston College JD Falslev Sr. BYU Justin Gilbert Sr. Oklahoma State Autrey Golden Soph UTEP Jamal Golden Jr. Georgia Tech Rashad Green Jr. Florida State Rannell Hall Soph Central Florida Akeem Hunt Jr. Purdue Duke Johnson Soph Miami Christion Jones Jr. Alabama Demitri Knowles Soph Virginia Tech Jonathan Krause Sr. Vanderbilt Marqise Lee Jr. USC Richard Leonard Jr. Florida International Jameon Lewis Jr. Mississippi State Tommylee Lewis Soph Northern Illinois Colin Lockett Sr. San Diego State Tyler Lockett Jr. Kansas State Venric Mark Sr. Northwestern Marques Mosley Soph Colorado Marcus Murphy Jr. Missouri Dennis Norfleet Soph Michigan Louchiez Purifoy Jr. Florida Bernard Reedy Sr. Toledo Jamill Smith Sr. Ball State Darryl Surgent Jr. Louisiana-Lafayette Damien Thigpen Sr. UCLA De’Anthony Thomas Jr. Oregon Tremaine Thompson Sr. Kansas State Jamal Turner Jr. Nebraska Jaylen Walton Soph Ole Miss Sammy Watkins Jr. Clemson Trey Watts Jr. Tulsa Reggie Whatley Jr. Middle Tennessee State Trey Williams Soph Texas A&M J.J. Worton Jr. UCF