Campanaro Named to 2012 Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Aug. 2, 2012
By Gary Petit (@GaryWFU), Wake Forest Media Relations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wake Forest junior wide receiver Michael Campanaro has been named to the 2012 Paul Hornung Award Watch List as announced by the Louisville Sports Commission on Thursday.
The Paul Hornung Award, now in its third season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.
Campanaro emerged last season as both a threat in the passing game and on special teams. He caught a career-high 73 passes for 833 yards and two touchdowns and was fourth in the ACC in receptions per game (6.1) and seventh in the league in receiving yards per game. The Clarksville, Md. native also had nine punt returns last season for 81 yards and a touchdown.
There are a total of 49 players on the Paul Hornung Watch List and Campanaro is one of just four players from the ACC on the list. He is joined by Virginia's Perry Jones, Georgia Tech's Orwin Smith and Clemson's Sammy Watkins. Earlier this summer, Campanaro was also named to the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, which honors the nation's top wide receiver.
Players from all FBS teams are eligible for the Paul Hornung Award. The Selection Committee, comprised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players, will narrow the field to a small group of finalists in early December. The winner will be selected in early January from among the finalists following the bowl season.