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2021: Ninth Cougar to be named consensus All-American … 2021 Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation's most versatile player… First-Team All-American Athletic Conference as a return specialist and second-team as a cornerback… led all of the NCAA with two punt return touchdowns… tied for third in the nation with two kick return touchdowns… with five interceptions led the American Athletic Conference and finished third in the nation … recorded a 73-yard punt return touchdown and the only receiving touchdown of his career against Navy (Sept. 25) ... recorded a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown against East Carolina (Oct. 23) ... recorded an interception and with just 17 seconds remaining returned an SMU kickoff 100 yards for a game-winning touchdown to upset then ranked number 17 SMU (Oct. 30).

2020: Earned first-team All-America honors from the FWAA, Phil Steele Magazine and CBS/247Sports as a punt returner ... also was a fourth-team All-American by Pro Football Focus as a cornerback ... named to The American's All-Conference First Team as a return specialist ... led the FBS and The American in punt return average (19.8) on 17 returns for 337 yards and one touchdown ... also led the FBS in punt return yards (337) ... ranked fourth in Houston single-season history in punt return yards and punt return average ... was the only player in the FBS to have two games with at least 100 punt return yards ... made seven starts at cornerback, finishing with 24 tackles (18 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five pass breakups ... recorded five kickoff returns for 102 yards (20.4 average) ... made immediate impact in season-opening win over Tulane (Oct. 8), with seven punt returns for 108 yards ... logged seven tackles in road win at Navy (Oct. 24) ... made three tackles against UCF (Oct. 31) ... posted seven tackles at Cincinnati (Nov. 7) and recorded two punt returns for 46 yards ... picked up 72-yard punt return against USF (Nov. 14) and finished with four punt returns for 145 yards (36.3) along with one tackle ... was named The American's Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. USF ... was the first UH player to record a punt return touchdown inside TDECU Stadium ... had five tackles and recorded one interception at Memphis (Dec. 12) ... made one stop and added two punt returns for 20 yards vs. Hawaii in the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 24).

2019: Redshirted after transferring from Troy.

At Troy: Became Troy’s second All-American since moving to the FBS level as a true freshman in 2018 when named to Phil Steele’s All-America Third Team as a kick returner ... also named to the ESPN and FWAA Freshman All-America Teams ... named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year ... named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team as both a return specialist and an all-purpose player in 2017 ... set the Troy single-season record and tied the Troy career record with three kickoff returns touchdowns ... tied the NCAA record with two kick return touchdowns in a game against Coastal Carolina ... added a 99-yard return for a touchdown in Troy’s Sun Belt title-clinching win at Arkansas State ... returned 29 kicks for 879 yards ... 30.31 average ranks as the third-best in Troy’s single-season history ... returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown vs. Arkansas State; longest interception return and just the fourth 100-yard play in Troy’s FBS history ... picked off a fourth-quarter pass and recorded a career-high eight tackles in Troy’s win at No. 22 LSU, which snapped the Tigers’ 49-game non-conference home winning streak ... finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles (34 solo), two tackles for loss and six pass break ups ... returned 14 punts for 115 yards ... tied for first in the Sun Belt and second nationally with three 90-plus yard all-purpose plays ... four all-purpose plays of 80-plus yards ranked fourth nationally ... named All-Sun Belt First Team as a return specialist and Second Team as a defensive back as a sophomore in 2018 ... second in the Sun Belt averaging 25.6 yards per kickoff return, including a 96-yard return for a touchdown against Coastal Carolina ... allowed a catch against him on just 52.8 percent of targets against him (19-of-36) ... broke up nine passes with a season-high three in the opener against Boise State.

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals ... named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 7A All-State First Team as a senior ... helped lead Enterprise to an 11-2 record and a berth in the second round of the Alabama 7A Playoffs ... named to the AL.com Super All-State Team following senior season ... recorded 27 tackles and five interceptions ... also returned three punts for a touchdown and one kickoff for a touchdown ... added a receiving touchdown and fumble return for a touchdown ... as a junior, recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and eight pass break ups; returned one interception for a touchdown ... also played basketball for the Wildcats.

• 2021 Paul Hornung Award Winner
• 2021 ESPN First-Team All-America (kick return)
• 2021 CBS Sports First-Team All-America (all purpose)
• 2021 CBS Sports Second-Team All-America (cornerback)
• 2021 CBS Sports Second-Team All-America (punt return)
• 2021 FWAA All-America First Team (returner specialist)
• 2021 Sporting News All-America First Team (returner)
• 2021 The Athletic First-Team All-America (all purpose)
• 2021 AP First-Team All-America (defensive back)
• 2021 Senior Bowl All-America (defensive back)
• 2021 Senior Bowl All-America (kick return)
• 2021 Walter Camp Second-Team All-America Defense (kick return)
• 2021 The American Conference Special Teams Player of the Year
• 2021 The American First Team All-Conference (return specialist)
• 2021 The American Second Team All-Conference (cornerback)
• 2021 Dave Campbell All-State First Team (cornerback)
• 2021 Dave Campbell All-State First Team (returner)
• 2021 Dave Campbell's Top Special Teams Player
• 2020 Phil Steele All-America First Team (Punt Returner)
• 2020 FWAA All-America First Team (Punt Returner)
• 2020 CBS/247Sports All-America First Team (Punt Returner)
• 2020 PFF All-America Fourth Team (Cornerback)
• 2020 American Athletic All-Conference First Team (Return Specialist)
• American Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 16, 2020)
• 2017 Phil Steele All-America Third Team (Kickoff Returner)
• 2017 FWAA Freshman All-America (Kickoff Returner)
• 2017 ESPN Freshman All-America (Kickoff Returner)
• 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team (Return Specialist & All-Purpose)
• 2017 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year


To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a Division 1 college football team member and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a primary return specialist (Kick or Punt returner) for their team.
  • Be among the national leaders in return categories
  • Show leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The first round of voting should be conducted in late September and early October. From that first round of votes, the list of 12 semifinalists will be created and released at the end of October. The second round of voting will take place in mid-October to form the list of four finalists.  A final vote in early December to determine the winner and the decision is announced at the Award Presentation.

Damon Benning, (Lead Voting Panelist) was a four year letterman who helped lead the Huskers to back-to-back national titles. He finished his career carrying the pigskin 270 times for a total of 1,562 yards. Benning also caught the ball 12 times for a total of 134 yards and returned 32 kickoffs for 770 yards. He finished his Husker career with 2,625 all-purpose yards. Due to his outstanding career, Benning was signed as a free-agent by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. Currently Benning focuses his attention on The Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone.


Tom Shatel Omaha World Herald (Local)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com (Midwest/National)

Bruce Feldman CBS Sports.com (Pac-12/National)

Dennis Dodd CBS Sports.com (Midwest)

Coley Harvey Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Gerry Dinardo BTN Former Head Coach


Damon Benning Former College FB Player

Blair Kerkoff KC Star (Midwest)

George Schroeder USA Today (Pacific NW)

Cedric Golden Austin American Statesman (Texas)

Bill Doleman Comcast/NBCU (Southwest)

Lisa Horne Fox Sports  (Pac-12)

Charles Davis Fox, Sports/NFL Network (National)

Heather Dinich ESPN.com (East Coast/ACC)

Johnny Rodgers wil also recieve a vote along with the previous winners


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