Kansas football receiver and return man Stephon Robinson has been named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for the 2020 season.
Kansas football has a solid group of skill position players returning for the 2020 football season if we have one. All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams will be back for his junior year, and the Jayhawks will have three seniors leading the receivers: Kwamie Lassiter II, Andrew Parchment, and Stephon Robinson.
Parchment and Robinson have both receiving a lot of hype this preseason, with Robinson being named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list. Robinson 100 percent deserves to be on this list, given he’s one of the most adaptable players in the country.
Here is a description of the award via the Louisville Sports Commission:
“The Paul Hornung Award, now in its 11th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.”
Some recent winners of the award include Tavon Austin, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaq Thompson, Christian McCaffrey, Jabrill Peppers, and Saquon Barkley.
Last season, Robinson was a key receiver and return man for the Jayhawks. He racked up over 700 receiving yards, plus eight touchdowns. Robinson was also a threat returning kicks and punts, averaging 22.5 yards per attempt.
Looking back at Robinson’s 2020 season, his performance in the Jayhawks’ win over Texas Tech comes to mind. In that game, he had over 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns while also amassing over 100 yards in just four kick returns. If Robinson can have some similar games in 2020, he could be a real contender for the Paul Hornung Award.
One big question the Jayhawks are facing for 2020 though revolves around who their quarterback will be. Finding a competent one should help out Robinson, and the Jayhawks as a whole.
Robinson will likely have an increased role on the 2020 Kansas football team, which could also make him a real contender for the award. Along with his fellow senior receivers, Robinson could be part of one of the best receiving corps in the Big 12.