Thomas, Green add preseason watch list accolades

Deddrick Thomas was selected as a preseason candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes the most versatile player in collegiate football. Gerri Green was tabbed to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, an award that celebrates student-athletes for their community service combine with their academic and athletics achievements.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 10:14 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Preseason honors continued to trickle in for Mississippi State as both junior wide receiver Deddrick Thomas and senior defensive end Gerri Green earned watch list spots on Thursday.

Thomas was selected as a preseason candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes the most versatile player in collegiate football. Green was tabbed to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, an award that celebrates student-athletes for their community service combine with their academic and athletics achievements.

A shifty slot receiver, Thomas turned in a breakout sophomore season that also saw him a major contributor in MSU's return game. Thomas caught passes in 11 of 13 games last season with eight multi-catch performance to total 227 yards. He reeled in a career-high four touchdowns.

Thomas saw his first action on special teams over his sophomore campaign, highlighted with four punt returns versus vs. UMass on Nov. 4, including an 83-yard return for a touchdown. The touchdown return was the fifth-longest punt return in program history and the longest by any Bulldog since Kevin Prentiss' 83-yarder against Tennessee in the 1998 SEC Championship game.

The 2018 Paul Hornung Award winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2019.

The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. One of the best edge rushers on the squad, Green has been a standout within the Starkville community throughout his time as a Bulldog.

Voted the defensive captain heading into the 2018 season, Green has been involved with community outreach since his freshman season, volunteering with projects like Read Across America and other individual mentoring and tutoring projects. Recently, Green has served as a mentor with Quad County Alternative School, heading tours of the football facilities on campus.

Despite balancing commitments of athletics and academics, Green still manages dedicate countless hours within the community and has spent time at Ward Stewart Elementary garden, local hospitals, escorting local elementary students to school and MSU's youth football camps. Green encourages other members of the football program to give back, and his efforts serve as an example of the character and leadership to underclassmen in the program. For the second consecutive season, Green will serve as a member of the Southeastern Conference Leadership Council.

Green started all 13 games last season at outside linebacker and ranked third on the team in tackles for loss (11), third in sacks (5) and was tops on the squad in forced fumbles (3).

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Award will be announced on Nov. 1 and finalists will be announced on Nov. 19. The formal announcement of the 2018 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City on Dec. 4. The presentation of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 50th All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb.15, 2019 in Fort Walton Beach.

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2018 Mississippi State Preseason Honors

Jace Christmann, So., K
Lou Groza Award Watch List

Nick Fitzgerald, Sr., QB
Third-Team All-SEC (Media)
Maxwell Award Watch List
Davey O'Brien Award Watch List

Gerri Green, Sr., DE
Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Elgton Jenkins, Sr., OL
Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

Mark McLaurin, Sr., S
Third-Team All-SEC (Media)

Jeffery Simmons, Jr., DT
First-Team All-SEC (Media, Phil Steele)
Athlon Sports Preseason All-American (Second Team)
Bednarik Award Watch List
Outland Trophy Watch List
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Montez Sweat, Sr., DE
First-Team All-SEC (Media, Phil Steele)
Athlon Sports Preseason All-American (Third Team)
Bednarik Award Watch List
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Deddrick Thomas, Jr., WR
Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Aeris Williams, Sr., RB
Third-Team All-SEC (Media)
Doak Walker Award Watch List

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