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Hawaii's Scott Harding named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List

The former Australian Footballer is receiving some attention as a potential Hornung Award candidate, given to the nation's best all-purpose player.

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From an outward glance, Scott Harding would be a pretty good Backyard Football player. He can punt, he can return punts, and he's pretty good at slot receiver as well. His efforts at all three positions haven't gone unnoticed as the Junior from Brisbane, Australia was one of 47 college athletes to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, given to the nation's best all-purpose player.

He had his best year as a receiver in 2013, finishing second on the team in receiving yards with 631 yards from 56 receptions. Harding turned in a career-best performance in the season finale against Army, snagging five catches for 94 yards and a score to help the Warriors win their first and only game last season. As a punter, his unique, rugby-style kicking would cause defenders to misjudge where the ball would land, forcing three turnovers. He averaged 40.2 a punt, with 18 landing inside the 20-yard line. He has been the Warriors starting punt returning since his first year in Honolulu, where he was named a Freshman First-Team All-American by FWAA in 2011.

He is joined on the Hornung watch list by Boise State's Shane Williams-Rhodes and New Mexico's Carlos Wiggins.