Five Huskies named to watch lists

By Frank Gogola

Five football upperclassmen made preseason watch lists over the past two weeks.

A total of 15 watch lists are revealed during 10 days in July. The watch lists are whittled down throughout the season, and the winner of each award is announced in early December.

Tommylee Lewis

Tommylee Lewis, senior wide receiver and kick return specialist, made the 2014 Paul Hornung Award watch list on July 7.

The Paul Hornung Award is presented annually to college football’s most versatile player. It is awarded by the Louisville Sports Commission and is presented by Texas Roadhouse.

Lewis snagged a career-high 86 receptions for 715 yards and three touchdowns last season. He ran for 356 and one touchdown, and he completed his sole pass attempt for a 17-yard touchdown. He recorded the Huskies’ only kickoff return touchdown, his school-record fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown.

Luke Eakes

Luke Eakes, redshirt senior tight end, was named to the 2014 John Mackey Award watch list on July 8.

The John Mackey Award annually recognizes college football’s most outstanding tight end. The award recipient is chosen through a vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

Eakes grabbed 12 receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He was also instrumental as a blocker on the line of scrimmage.

Jamaal Bass

Redshirt senior linebacker Jamaal Bass was named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list on July 14.

The Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen on either side of the ball who line up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. Candidates made the initial list by earning All-American honors, being named to their all-conference team or garnering 2014 preseason honors.

Bass finished second on the team with 87 tackles, and he recorded six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He forced two fumbles and defended two passes.

Da’Ron Brown

Da’Ron Brown, redshirt senior wide receiver, made the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list on July 15.

The Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position, who catches a pass is eligible for the award.

Brown hauled in 46 passes for a team-high 752 yards and nine receiving touchdowns last season. He turned in his best game when he recorded eight receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-27 victory over Ball State.

Cameron Stingily

Redshirt senior tailback Cameron Stingily was named to the 2014 Doak Walker Award watch list on July 17.

The Doak Walker Award annually recognizes the nation’s top collegiate running back. It is the only major college award that requires all candidates be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

Stingily pounded out 1,119 rushing yards and recorded nine rushing touchdowns in his first season as a running back last year. His best game came when he carried the ball 37 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over Kent State.