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CFB: Davis, Martin-Manley Watch Listed

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 03:31 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa
football players have been named to preseason watch lists for the upcoming 2014
season. Defensive linemen Carl Davis has been named to the Bednarik
Award Watch List which is presented annually to the top defensive player in
college football. Wide Receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley has been named to
the preseason watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award, presented to
versatile, high-level performers in major college football.

Davis garnered second team All-Big Ten honors from league
coaches last season following a 2013 campaign that was highlighted by a
combined 42 tackles. Looking to carry over the success found in 2013, the
senior from Detroit, Michigan, has gathered preseason notice.



Davis was tabbed preseason fourth-team All-America and
preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, as well as preseason
third-team All-America and second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.



Past award winners of the Bednarik Award have included Aaron
Donald (Pittsburgh), Manti Te’o (Notre Dame) and Tyrann Mathieu (LSU).



Martin-Manley was named to the preseason watch list for the
2014 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.



Martin-Manley, a native of Pontiac, Michigan, enters his
senior season coming off a 2013 campaign that garnered plenty of success both
as a receiver and on special teams. Martin-Manley led the Hawkeyes in receiving
with 40 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns. As a punt returner he
picked up 314 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts, which ranked second in
the Big Ten and eighth in the nation.



Martin-Manley became the first Big Ten Conference player to
ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns last season against Western
Michigan, and just the second player in the last decade with two punt return
touchdowns in one quarter. His 184 return yards in a game ranks second best
all-time in Big Ten history.



His success throughout the 2013 season has garnered
preseason second team All-America recognition from both Athlon Sports and Phil
Steele, as well as preseason first team All-Big Ten from Sporting News, Athlon
Sports and Phil Steele.



Past winners of the award have included Odell Beckham, Jr.
(LSU), Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Brandon Boykin (Georgia).



CFB: Davis, Martin-Manley Watch Listed


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