Bentley Named to Hornung Award Watch List
July 8, 2014
Louisville, Kentucky - Illinois junior cornerback and kick returner V'Angelo Bentley has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission.
In 2013, Bentley became the first player in 124 years of Illinois football history to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same season. He had a 67-yard punt return for TD against Ohio State and a school-record 100-yard kick return TD against SIU in the season-opener. The punt return TD was the first for an Illini since 2003, while kickoff return TD was the first by an Illinois player since 2008.
Bentley led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in punt return average (15.8 ypr), had the third-most kickoff return yards in school history (663 on 31 returns, 21.4 ypr) and added 22 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, three passes defended and one interception as a regular starter at cornerback in 2013.
The Hornung Award, which has been presented since 2010, is named after former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Paul Hornung. Last year's Hornung Award winner was LSU receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
The Fighting Illini will again play seven home games in 2014, including three in the month of September and a Big Ten slate of Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State at Memorial Stadium. This year marks the first season of East-West divisional play in the Big Ten Conference. Illinois is in the Big Ten West division along with Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin. Ohio State is one of two crossover games for the Illini in 2014, along with Penn State. Season tickets are on sale now for as low as $99.