Andrews and Jackson earn All-American honors in Phil Steele’s College Football Preview

Elliott Pratt

As football season inches closer, the preseason award nominations continue to rack up for WKU.

Senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award.

The award was created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010 and is given annually to the most versatile player in college football. In each of the four years that the award has been given, a WKU player has been named to the preseason watch list. Former WKU running back Bobby Rainey earned the honor in 2010 and 2011 and Andrews received the preseason notice in 2012.

Andrews along with junior linebacker Andrew Jackson also received preseason All-American honors for 2013 in Phil Steele’s annual College Football Preview Magazine.

Andrews was ranked as a Third Team All-American as an All-Purpose player and Jackson earned a Fourth-Team All-American honor at linebacker. Jackson is also rated as the second best inside linebacker in all of college football by the magazine. Andrews earned top spots at his three different positions, ranking as the 18th best punt returner, 12th at running back, and ninth as a kick returner.

More WKU players are featured as some of the top performers at their respective positions in the nation.

The Hilltoppers enter 2013 with the 20th best running back core and the 29th best special teams squad in the nation.

Jonathan Dowling is rated as the 13th best free safety, Sean Conway ranks 17th at the center position, Kiante Young earned the 40th best strong safety honor by the publication.