Jackson Named Hornung Finalist; Cravens, Smith-Schuster Polynesian POY Finalists|
Nov. 19, 2015
USC cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree' Jackson was named one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player, while outside linebacker Su'a Cravens and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster are among five finalists for the Polynesian Player of the Year.
Jackson joins Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche and Michigan's Jabrill Peppers as Hornung finalists. The winner will be named on Dec. 11.
Cravens and Smith-Schuster join Oregon's DeForest Buckner, UCLA's Ka'imi Fairbairn and Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley as finalists for the Polynesian Player of the Year. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8.
Jackson, USC's first 3-way player since 1997, has 19 tackles and an interception for a touchdown on defense in 2015, plus 24 receptions for a 15.9 average with 2 TDs on offense and 22 kickoff returns for a 22.7 average and 19 punt returns for an 8.4 average on special teams. The sophomore is the only player in the nation with at least 300 yards receiving, 400 in kickoff returns, 100 in punt returns and 10 tackles. He ranks ninth on USC's career kickoff return chart. He also a long jumper on USC's track team, where he is the defending Pac-12 champion (he was fifth at the 2015 NCAA meet).
Cravens has 66 tackles in 2015, including team bests of 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also has 2 interceptions, 3 deflections and 2 forced fumbles this season. The junior also is a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Butkus Awards and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The 3-year starter has 9 career interceptions along with 186 tackles.
Smith-Schuster leads USC in 2015 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs (63 catches for 1,160 yards with 10 TDs), despite playing the past 2 games with a broken hand. The sophomore also is among 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award. He currently ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards (116.0, first in the Pac-12), ninth in receiving TDs and 25th in receptions (6.3). His 117 career catches is tied for 18th on USC's all-time list. He has 15 career TD catches and 8 100-yard receiving games in his career (including 6 in 2015).