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Colorado’s KD Nixon named to Preseason Hornung Watch List

Buffs receiver comes into 2020 as a senior team leader

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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver K.D. Nixon was one of the 50 players to make the Hourung Award Preseason Watch List, per an announcement by the Louisville Sports Commission last week.

The explosive athlete from DeSoto, Texas decided to come back to Boulder to live out his senior season after prematurely declaring for the NFL Draft last December. Nixon and the Buffs received the news of making the Hornung Watch List after being snubbed for the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on July 16.

Nixon is the most experienced player in the Buffs offense. He has a total of 35 career games played (19 starts) with 89 receptions for 1,128 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He’ll likely be the 49th player in CU history with 2,000 career all-purpose yards, needing 64 yards to accomplish the feat. The versatile Nixon has a chance to make CU history this season. If he can score on special teams, Nixon will be among the few who’ve scored a touchdown in four different ways during their career (pass, run, be on the receiving end and return).

Nixon spent time recently with the Pac-12 Network advocating for his generation during the current world events.

The Hourung Award named after “The Golden Boy” Paul Hourung, recognizes the nation’s best college football player who player more than one position. Hourung won a Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame in 1956 before embarking on a 10-year career in the NFL. He spent a majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers, playing in Super Bowl I under legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

The kicker and halfback remains the only player in football history to be the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, win the NFL MVP award, and be inducted into both the professional and college football hall of fame.