Junior rover/punt returner Kyshoen Jarrett is one of 44 players on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Jarrett, a converted cornerback from Tannersville, Pa., started all 13 games last year and finished second on the team with 83 tackles, along with 4.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and four pass breakups.
He also was a standout punt returner, averaging 13.9 yards on 18 returns, which put him ninth nationally. He took one back 94 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh, earning ACC specialist of the week honors, and nearly did the same against Austin Peay the following week, coming up just short of the end zone on a 53-yard return.
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound junior will be an integral part of a Hokies secondary that returns all four starters from last season. He won the Frank O’ Moseley Award this spring as the defensive payer who showed the most hustle.
Six ACC players were on the list, including Georgia Tech’s Jamal Golden, Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro, Maryland’s Stefon Diggs, Miami’s Duke Johnson and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins.