Booker Named to Jet Award Watch List|
Aug. 15, 2012
OMAHA, Neb.-Marshall return man Andre Booker has been selected to the 2012 Jet Award Watch List, his second preseason list honor to date.
One of just eight seniors on this year’s squad, he was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Special Teams Watch List at the end of June.
Last season, Booker was 20th nationally in punt return average (10.89 yards per attempt), which put him third in the league behind SMU’s Richard Crawford (14th, 11.81) and Tracy Lampley of Southern Miss (15th, 11.48). His 87-yard punt return for touchdown gave the Thundering Herd a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into last season’s opener at West Virginia.
He also averaged 24.8 yards per kick return on 33 attempts last season to go with his six catches for 116 yards from his wide receiver spot.
The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, the Jet award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Johnny Rodgers and Joe Adams, the 2011 winner of the Jet Award.
To be considered for the Jet Award players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.
From the initial watch list, a list of 12 semifinalists will be announced at the end of October and the list will be whittled down to four finalists in November. The winner will be chosen by a vote of the selection committee and the 2012 winner will be announced before the award presentation in December.
Veteran college football return specialists will be honored with legend awards each year as well, with the first winners coming from 1960 thru 1969. This year’s veteran recipient will be announced in September.
The award event will benefit the Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation’s charitable programs. Currently through his youth foundation, Rodgers has joined the fight to keep kids in school until graduation.