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Texas DB D’Shawn Jamison named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

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When the 2020 season ultimately arrives, the Longhorns will feature one of the nation’s most versatile talents in D’Shawn’s Jamison.

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Throughout his first two seasons on the Forty Acres, defensive back D’Shawn Jamison has displayed his versatility time after time. Now nearing his third season with the Texas Longhorns, Jamison is expected to be among the nation’s most versatile talents, as the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Thursday that Jamison has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors college football’s most versatile player.

Throughout his 26 appearances, which includes 10 starts, Jamison has been most notably utilized at cornerback, as a punt returner, as a kick returner, and even as a wide receiver during his freshman campaign.

As a freshman in 2018, Jamison hauled in four receptions and received four handoffs, and broke free for a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown against Kansas State to put Texas on top early. More recently in 2019, in addition to his 35 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, Jamison returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score in Texas’ win over Rice, and returned a blocked PAT 90 yards for a two-point conversion in a two-point win over Kansas.

Simply put, Jamison’s impact can be felt all over the field — such is why he’s projected to be among the nation’s more versatile talents — and he’ll likely be featured even more in 2020 as Texas’ most dangerous weapon in the return game, and now, a starting-caliber corner.

Also a preseason All-Big 12 selection, Jamison is one of only three Big 12 talents selected to the preseason watch list. A Longhorn is yet to win the award since its inception in 2010.