ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy senior fullback Alexander Teich was one of 50 college football student-athletes named to the 2011 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.
The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. The 2011 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season.
The selection committee, compromised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players, will narrow the field to 3-5 finalists in early December then will select the winner from among the finalists following the bowl season in early January.
Teich was Navy’s second-leading ground gainer in 2010, rushing for 863 yards and five touchdowns on 147 carries. He also caught seven passes out of the backfield for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Mids in all-purpose yardage with 1,344.
He became the first Navy running back in school history to rush for over 200 yards against Notre Dame when he torched the Irish for 210 yards on 26 carries in Navy’s 35-17 rout. Teich also caught a screen pass with one hand and took it 31 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game to set the tone for the day.
Teich also had a big day in Navy’s 76-35 win over East Carolina, rushing for 157 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.
Teich, who was elected offensive team captain by his teammates, and the rest of the Midshipmen open up the 2011 campaign at home on Sept. 3 against Delaware.