July 7, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse. Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the award recognizes and rewards versatile, high-level performers in major college football. Past winners of the award have included Odell Beckham, Jr. (LSU), Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Brandon Boykin (Georgia).
Martin-Manley, a native of Pontiac, Michigan, enters his senior season coming off a 2013 campaign that garnered plenty of success both as a receiver and on special teams. Martin-Manley led the Hawkeyes in receiving with 40 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns. As a punt returner he picked up 314 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, which ranked second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation.
Martin-Manley became the first Big Ten Conference player to ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns last season against Western Michigan, and just the second player in the last decade with two punt return touchdowns in one quarter. His 184 return yards in a game ranks second best all-time in Big Ten history.
His success throughout the 2013 season has garnered preseason second team All-America recognition from both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele as well as preseason first team All-Big Ten from Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
Martin-Manley and the Hawkeyes open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 hosting Northern Iowa. Tickets are available to be purchased by contacting the UI Athletics Ticket Office at (800) IA-HAWKS, or online at hawkeyesports.com.
For more information on the Paul Hornung award visit: paulhornungaward.com.