CU Buffs’ Laviska Shenault named to Hornung Award watch list

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Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault, right, was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list on Thursday.

Add another preseason honor for Colorado’s Laviska Shenault.

On Thursday, the Buffaloes’ receiver was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors the most versatile player in college football.

A junior, Shenault lined up at five different positions on offense, including wildcat quarterback, during the 2018 season.

As a sophomore, Shenault played in only nine games because of injury, but he caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing 17 times for 115 yards and five touchdowns. His 9.6 catches per game led the country and he was fourth with 112.3 receiving yards per game.

Shenault’s 86 catches in 2018 rank as the third-best single-season total in CU history, and his 1,011 yards rank ninth.

Shenault has also been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award (player of the year) and Biletnikoff Award (top receiver). This week, he was the only unanimous selection for the preseason All-Pac-12 team voted on by the media. Shenault has also been on several preseason All-American lists.

Colorado players named to watch lists so far:

Maxwell Award (player of the year): QB Steven Montez and WR Laviska Shenault

Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): Landman and DL Mustafa Johnson

Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback): Montez

Biletnikoff Award (top receiver): Shenault

Rimington Trophy (top center): C Tim Lynott Jr.

Butkus Award (top linebacker): Landman and LB Davion Taylor

Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year): Landman and Johnson

Ray Guy Award (top punter): P Alex Kinney

Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Shenault

The final watch list, for the Walter Camp Award, will be announced on Friday.