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The Jet Return Specialist Award Mid-Season Watch List
Annual Jet Award
Omaha, NE – October 29nd –
The 2013 Jet Award mid-season watch list includes 13 of the nation’s leaders in punt and kickoff returns. Athletes on the watch list represent 6 different conferences and independent BYU. University of Alabama’s Christion Jones (Jr.) is the nation’s returning leader in kickoff return average (32.7) and has two return touchdowns. Kevonte Martin Manley (Jr.) of Iowa has two punt return touchdowns and leads the nation in punt return average (24.2).
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 their 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.
The initial watch list of fifty will be narrowed down by our selection committee to 13 athletes for a mid-season watch list in late October. That 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 specialist from the 1960’s will receive Legacy awards.
The award event will take place at 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 Mid Season Watch List
Player Year School Bralon Addison Soph Oregon Odell Beckham Jr. LSU Isaiah Burse Sr. Fresno State Brelan Chancellor Sr. North Texas Jamison Crowder Jr. Duke JD Falslev Sr . BYU Janarion Grant Fr. Rutgers Autrey Golden Soph UTEP Duke Johnson Soph Miami Christion Jones Jr. Alabama Marcus Jones Jr. Minnesota Kevonte Martin-Manley Jr Iowa Ty Montgomery Jr. Stanford Josh Stewart Jr. Oklahoma St