Bears waive Mayberry and Doss on Hornung Award list

Matt Mayberry has been waived by the Chicago Bears.

The linebacker injured his ankle against San Diego, the Chicago Tribune reported, and will be put on the Bears’ injured reserve after he clears waivers. It sounds like he’ll get an injury settlement out of it, at least.

Also, Tandon Doss is on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, a new trophy given to the nation’s most versatile athlete. Here is the press release from IU’s Jeff Keag.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior wide receiver Tandon Doss has been named to the 2010 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission announced. The award, which is in its first year of existence, is presented to the most versatile player in college football.

The Watch List, comprised of 48 players, was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2009 statistics and expectations heading into the 2010 season. The list will be updated during the course of the season based on players’ performances.

Players from all FBS teams are eligible. Appearing on the Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the Award. The Selection Committee will narrow the field to approximately 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season in early December then will select the winner at or near the end of the bowl season in early January.

The Paul Hornung Award Banquet will be held in late January at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.

Doss, who has also been named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List this preseason, led the 2009 Hoosiers in receptions in nine games and receiving yards eight times. A first team All-Big Ten selection by the conference media, he paced the team with 962 yards, 77 receptions, five touchdowns and 80.2 yards per game. Doss finished second in the Big Ten and 27th nationally in yards per game and third in the league and tied for 21st nationally in catches per game (6.64).

The Indianapolis native’s 962 yards were 14th in the country and the second most for an underclassman. Doss closed out the year second on IU’s single-season receptions list, just two shy of James Hardy’s record of 79 in 2007, and fifth in the school’s single-season yardage rankings.

Along with his three 100-yard receiving games, Doss owned 533 kick return yards, 127 rushing yards, 44 punt return yards and led the conference with 138.8 all-purpose yards per contest. He finished ninth on IU’s single-season list with 1,666 all-purpose yards, surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in seven of the last nine games and eight times in 2009, including a season-best 242 against Purdue.