Aug. 17, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford's Owen Marecic and Chris Owusu were named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award while Konrad Reuland was named to the initial watch list for the John Mackey Award.
The Hornung Award is named in honor of former Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung, a versatile quarterback in the 1950s and 1960s, who Vince Lombardi once called “The most versatile man ever to play the game.” The 1960 NFL MVP led the league in scoring for three-straight seasons (1959-60) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.
Marecic, who will start both ways for the Cardinal this season, at linebacker and at fullback, has 36 career starts to his credit, blocking for Toby Gerhart's Doak Walker Award run last season. Marecic also started one game on both offense and defense. Marecic is one of 48 players on the initial list.
Owusu, who ranked fifth in the nation in kick return average (31.5) also led the team in touchdowns (5) and averaged 18.4 yards per catch. He totaled 682 yards on 37 catches in 2009 in his first season as a starter.
The Mackey Award is named in honor of NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, who modernized the tight end position in the NFL after joining the Colts in the 1960s. Over a 10-year NFL career, he averaged 15.8 yards per catch, impressive for a tight end. The Syracuse great was the second pure tight end to join the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Reuland, a fifth-year senior and transfer from Notre Dame, he appeared in all 13 games last season, making three starts. He caught six passes for 142 yards, an average of 23.7 yards per catch. Reuland is one of 32 players on the initial watch list.
More information about both awards can be obtained at www.johnmackeyaward.org and www.paulhornungaward.com.