Two more South Carolina football players have been named to watch lists for college football awards.
South Carolina senior A.J. Turner has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 Paul Hornung Award, it was announced Thursday. The award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football.
Junior linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle is one of 91 players under consideration for the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy, which honors college football’s top community servant.
Turner, a 5-10, 190-pounder from Clifton, Va., is a versatile performer whose primary position is running back, where he is listed with the first-team entering the fall, but also listed as a second-team cornerback and the top kickoff returner. He has spent the bulk of his career on offense, ranking 30th in school history with 1,322 rushing yards over 37 games, but played in the secondary in the 2018 Belk Bowl and worked at cornerback in the spring. He is also considered one of the Gamecocks’ top special teams performers.
Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the number one pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks, and played defensive back. While in the NFL, Hornung was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker.
Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Eason-Riddle, a 6-0, 230-pounder from Raleigh, N.C., was a member of both the 2017 and 2018 SEC Community Service teams. He has won the Gamecock Football Community Service Award each of the past two years and was recognized as the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete at the 2018 Garnet & Black Spring Game.
Earlier this summer he was nominated for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field.