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Michigan State WR RJ Shelton Named to Hornung Award Watch List

Honor goes to college football’s most versatile player.

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Award watch list season is wrapping up, but there’s one more Michigan State Spartans star who has been named a candidate for a postseason honor.

Wide receiver R.J. Shelton is up for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football.

The award is given by the Louisville Sports Commission and is named for area legend Paul Hornung. The trophy will be given out in downtown Louisville next February. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey won the award last year after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards. There are 43 players on the watch list, including six from the Big Ten.

Shelton is a senior who was listed by ESPN as Michigan State’s most underrated player. He has spent the last three seasons returning kicks and has 2,523 all-purpose yards in his career. Shelton's 11 career touchdowns show his versatility, with six receiving, four rushing and one kick return.