Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore was named Monday to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the player deemed the most versatile in the country.
Moore, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound rising junior from Philadelphia, has made 23 straight starts for the Terps and has at least one catch in his past 21 games, the longest streak since Torrey Smith had catches in 30 straight between 2008 and 2010.
Moore’s nine touchdown catches in his first two season tied him with Stefon Diggs, Jermaine Lewis and Dan Bungori for the school record. Moore led Maryland in receiving yards (637), receiving touchdowns (six) and yards per catch (15.5) as a sophomore last season.
Moore also led the Terps with 15 kick returns for 334 yards (22.3 average), and his average of 15.3 yards per play was the best in the Big Ten Conference.
Hornung, whom legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once called “the most versatile man ever to play the game,” said in a release: “I love the fact that we recognize players who have the skill and the right mind set to play anyplace on the field to help their team win games."
Moore is one of 46 players, including 19 juniors, on the watch list. Moore is the fourth Maryland player to be named to a 2017 preseason watch list, following sophomore Wade Lees (Ray Guy Award, for the nation’s top punter), junior Brendan Moore (Rimington Award, for the nation’s top center) and senior Jermaine Carter Jr. (Chuck Bednarik Award, for the nation’s top linebacker).