IOWA CITY — 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,