Badger senior wide receiverDavid Gilreathand sophomore linebackerChris Borlandwere both named to preseason watch lists for major college football awards, it was announced Tuesday. Gilreath was named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award which is given to the most versatile player in major college football, while Borland is up for the Dick Butkus Award which is presented to the top linebacker in the country. The Hornung Award list was created based on 2009 statistics and expectations for the 2010 season. Gilreath is one of 48 players on the list, which will be whittled down to 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season. A winner will be announced in early January. A preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection at punt returner by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports, Gilreath has gained over 4,000 all-purpose yards in his three-year career. In 2009, Gilreath gained 615 yards on kick returns, 177 on receptions, 117 on punt returns and 75 on rushes. The school's record holder for kickoff return yards in one season, Gilreath has averaged 104.8 all-purpose yards per game in 39 career contests. Borland was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American in 2009 after starting each of the final six games for UW. He recorded 54 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and 5.0 sacks while ranking third in the Big Ten in both forced fumbles (5) and fumbles recovered (3).
It is great to see Badger players getting the accolades they deserve. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!