TCU’s Desmon White, UH Frosh D’Eriq King Crash Dante Hall Award Watch List

Oregon’s Charles Nelson, Pitt’s Quadree Henderson, N.C.’s T.J. Logan lead way

By John P. Lopez

Through one month of the 2016 college football season, the twists and turns already have been many.

Twists and turns also is a good way to describe the established stars and upstart newcomers juking their way onto the latest Dante Hall Award watch list. The award, which benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, will recognize college football’s best player who stands under 6-feet tall and contributes offensively and on special teams.

Oregon’s Charles Nelson and Pitt’s Quadree Henderson — the nation’s top two players in combined return yardage through four games — lead the way, but among the 38 players on the latest watch list are an array of big-playmakers.

Rutgers’ Janarian Grant already has returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns, as well as scoring three times as a rusher while carrying an 8.6-yard per-carry average. North Carolina’s T.J. Logan has been a hugely explosive player, already scoring rushing, receiving and return TDs.

The newest additions to the watch list arrived with a bang, to say the least. UH freshman D’Eriq King scored via passing, rushing and kickoff return in the Coogs’ win over Texas State on Saturday. And TCU’s Desmon White, who stepped in for the injured Kavontae Turpin, earned Big 12 special teams player of the week honors, after averaging 24.7-yards on three returns and adding six receptions.

Here is the entire watch list through four weeks of the season:

William Likely                   5-7, 175                     Maryland

Desmon White                      5-7, 160                     TCU

Christian Kirk                     5-11, 200                   Texas A&M

Donnel Pumphrey              5-9, 170                     San Diego State

Charles Nelson                   5-8, 170                     Oregon

John Ross III                      5-11, 196                   Washington

Janarion Grant                    5-11, 170                   Rutgers

Tim White                          5-11, 185                   Arizona State

De’Mornay Pierson-El       5-9, 185                     Nebraska

Kade Harrington                         5-9, 192                     Lamar

Speedy Noil                       5-11, 200                   Texas A&M

T.J. Logan                          5-10, 190                   North Carolina

Kermit Whitfield                5-8, 182                     Florida State

Dontre Wilson                    5-10, 195                   Ohio State

Isaiah McKenzie                5-8, 164                     Georgia

Tyrell Johnson                   5-7, 165                     Arizona

Jesus Wilson                      5-11, 176                   Florida State

Cameron Batson                         5-9, 175                     Texas Tech

Kendrick Foster                  5-9, 200                     Illinois

Brandon Powell                          5-9, 184                     Florida

Myles Willis                      5-9, 194                     Boston College

Brandon Holloway             5-8, 165                     Mississippi State

Riley McCarron                 5-9, 186                     Iowa

Saquon Barkley                  5-11, 223                   Penn State

Victor Bolden Jr.                5-9, 172                     Oregon State

A.J. Turner                         5-10, 195                   South Carolina

Ray-Ray McCloud III          5-10, 175                   Clemson

C.J. Sanders                       5-8, 185                     Notre Dame

Carlos Henderson               5-11, 191                   Louisiana Tech

Quadree Henderson            5-8, 190                     Pitt

Jalen McCleskey                5-10, 170                   Oklahoma State

Khalfani Muhammad          5-8, 174                     Cal

Kylen Towner                    5-8, 175                     Western Kentucky

Sean Riley                          5-8, 151                     Syracuse

LaQuvionte Gonzalez         5-10, 176                   Kansas

Shaun Wilson                     5-9, 180                     Duke

Adoree Jackson                  5-11, 185                   Southern California

D’Eriq King                       5-10, 2170                          Houston

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