Rashaad Penny Named to Hornung Award Watch List

Rashaad Penny is on the Hornung Award Watch List, which goes out to the most versatile player in college football.
July 17, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -

2017 SDSU Football Preseason Accolades

San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny has been named to the 2017 Hornung Award Watch List presented by Texas Roadhouse, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday. The annual award goes out to the most versatile player in college football.

Last year, Penny rushed for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 attempts (7.5 avg.), while adding 15 catches for 224 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns, and returning 20 kickoffs for 624 yards (31.2 avg.) and two additional scores. He was one of just nine players in the country with at least 11 rushing TDs and at least three receiving scores, and the only player with a kick return TD as well (he had two). Penny ranked in a tie for second in the country in kick return touchdowns (2), fourth in kick return average (31.2), tied for 20th in total touchdowns (17) and 29th in all-purpose yards per game (133.3). For his efforts, he became the second kick returner in MW history to win the league’s special teams player-of-the-year award twice (also 2015) and was first-team all-MW pick as a kick returner for the second straight season.

Penny has already racked up numerous preseason awards, including being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List (collegiate player of the year) and a third-team All-American pick by Athlon Sports as a kick returner. Additionally, Penny has been named a preseason first-team all-Mountain West pick by Athlon Sports at both running back and kick returner, first-team picks at running backs by both Lindy’s Sports and Street & Smith’s, and first-team selection at all-purpose by Lindy’s Sports.

The Aztecs are coming off an 11-3 season, knocking off Wyoming, 27-24, in the MW Championship game and Houston, 34-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl, to finish with a No. 25 ranking in both the AP Top 25 poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It is just the second time that SDSU has been ranked in the final AP poll in program history (also 1977). The 11 wins tied a school single-season record as San Diego State became the first team in program history with back-to-back 11-win campaigns.

2017 Aztec football season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Season tickets start at $125, while mini plans start at $90. Fans can purchase tickets at GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

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