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Jamal Miles Named to 2012 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Jamal Miles takes it to the house vs. WSU (Photo: ASU)
Jamal Miles takes it to the house vs. WSU (Photo: ASU)

Earlier today, we named him to our Most Important Player countdown, and now Arizona State's Jamal Miles receives yet another honor.

On Thursday, Miles was named to the 2012 Paul Hornung Award watch list. The award, now in its third season of existence, recognizes the most versatile player in college football.

Miles was dynamic as a junior in 2011. He finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 361 yards and six touchdown and also was the team's second leading rusher with 237 yards. For good measure, he threw a key touchdown pass in the win over Missouri.

As good as he is on offense, he is even better on special teams, where he is one of the nation's elite return men. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return in 2011, taking two back for touchdowns. His next yard gain on a kickoff return will give him sole possession of the school's career yardage record, and he already holds ASU's career kickoff return touchdown mark with three. On punt returns, he averaged a stellar 16.6 yards per return and had a 78-yard score against Oregon State.

This season, Miles will be a focal point of the Sun Devil attack. His speed, explosiveness and versatility will allow the coaching staff to use him in a number of dynamic and creative ways, and he should be able to make a serious run at this award.

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