One of the final watch list awards to be announced is the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the nation’s most versatile player, and USF KR/RB Brian Battie was named to the Watch List.
Congrats, @battie941— USF Football (@USFFootball) July 28, 2022
Consensus All-American named to @HornungAward Watch List, recognizing the nation's most versatile player.
▶️ Led the nation with 3 kickoff returns for TDs, ran for 324 yds & 1 TD, & caught 7 passes for 67 yards in 2021.#US2F I #BayMade pic.twitter.com/03X2bn8tjj
Battie exploded onto the NCAA scene last season by lighting up the kick return statistics, becoming USF’s second ever Consensus All-American behind George Selvie in 2007. He notched a nation leading three kickoff returns for a touchdown, including two in one game against Houston joining an extremely exclusive list. His versatility also comes from his offensive play-making abilities, where he gathered an additional 400 yards of offense, showcasing elite speed and agility with 5.6 yards per carry, and 9.6 yards per catch.
Battie exemplifies the phrase “put the ball in his hands and let him work”. No matter if it’s a kick off return:
SOUTH FLORIDA RETURNS ANOTHER KICK FOR A TOUCHDOWN ON HOUSTON!!!BRIAN BATTIE HAS TWO KICK RETURNS IN THE FIRST HALF!!!pic.twitter.com/K49LReV8UT— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) November 7, 2021
Or a handoff in the backfield:
...— Felix Sharpe (@sharpereview) November 28, 2020
Brian Battie is the fastest running back in the country. pic.twitter.com/GHigfAiZj1
Find a way to get Battie the ball.