The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Kentucky and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy of Hornung, one of Louisville's native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.
|Paul Hornung Award|
|Given for||The collegiate American football player adjudged to be the most versatile of all NCAA players|
|Presented by||Louisville Sports Commission|
|Most recent||Rondale Moore, Purdue|
To be eligible, a candidate must be in good standing and eligible on his team during the selection process, eligible with the NCAA during the selection process and play significant time during most or all of the season. Decisions regarding status for the award will be made by the Oversight Committee. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following:
|2010||Owen Marecic||FB & LB||Stanford|
|2011||Brandon Boykin||WR & CB & RS||Georgia|
|2012||Tavon Austin||WR, RB, & RS||West Virginia|
|2013||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR & RS||LSU|
|2014||Shaq Thompson||LB & S & RB||Washington|
|2015||Christian McCaffrey||RB & RS||Stanford|
|2016||Jabrill Peppers||LB, RB, QB, RS, WR & DB||Michigan|
|2017||Saquon Barkley||RB, RS||Penn State|
|2018||Rondale Moore||WR, RS||Purdue|
The 2018 Ball State Cardinals football team represented Ball State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Mike Neu and played their home games at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 3–5 in MAC play to finish in fifth place in the West Division.2018 Marshall Thundering Herd football team
The 2018 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Thundering Herd played their home games at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by ninth-year head coach Doc Holliday. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they defeated South Florida.2018 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team
The 2018 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represents Mississippi State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs play their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are led by first-year head coach Joe Moorhead.2018 New Mexico State Aggies football team
The 2018 New Mexico State Aggies football team represented New Mexico State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies were led by sixth-year head coach Doug Martin and played their home games at Aggie Memorial Stadium. They competed as an independent. They finished the season 3–9.2018 North Carolina Tar Heels football team
The 2018 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tar Heels were led by seventh-year head coach Larry Fedora and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. They competed as a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They finished the season 2–9, 1–7 in ACC play to finish in last place in the Coastal Division.
On November 25, one day after the conclusion of the season, head coach Larry Fedora was fired. He finished at North Carolina with a seven year record of 45–43. On November 27, the school rehired Mack Brown as head coach.2018 Toledo Rockets football team
The 2018 Toledo Rockets football team represented the University of Toledo in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Jason Candle and played their home games at the Glass Bowl as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Bahamas Bowl where they lost to FIU.2018 UMass Minutemen football team
The 2018 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was the fifth year of head coach Mark Whipple's second stint at UMass and 11th year overall. The Minutemen divided their home schedule between two stadiums. Five home games were played at the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium with one home game at Gillette Stadium. This was UMass's third year as an independent. They finished the season 4–8.
On November 21, head coach Mark Whipple resigned. He finished with a record of 16–44 in the five years of his second stint as head coach and 65–70 in his eleven overall seasons. On December 3, the school hired Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell for the head coaching job.Antonio Andrews
Antonio Andrews (born August 17, 1992) running back, played college football for Western Kentucky. In 2009, he was named Kentucky Mr. Football while playing for Fort Campbell High School. In 2012, he led the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 3,161 all-purpose yards, which was the second-highest single season total in history.Brandon Boykin
Brandon Boykin (born July 13, 1990) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Champ Pickens Trophy
The Champ Pickens Trophy, named for Alabama's Champ Pickens, was awarded to the champion of the Southern Conference as selected by a board of sportswriters from 1923 to 1926.Christian McCaffrey
Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford, and was drafted by the Panthers with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. As a sophomore in 2015, McCaffrey was the AP College Football Player of the Year and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He holds the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864. In the NFL he is the current record holder for most receptions by a running back with 107; as well as the Carolina Panthers single-season receptions leader.Jabrill Peppers
Jabrill Ahmad Peppers (born October 4, 1995) is an American football strong safety and return specialist for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A standout athlete early in high school, he was named the Air Force National Sophomore of the Year in 2011. Sports Illustrated named Peppers one of their "Future Game Changers," a group of 14 young athletes who are considered to be the brightest talents of their respective sports. Peppers was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American, and a Second-Team All-American in 2015. Peppers was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year, and an All-American in 2016.Norris Cup
The Norris Cup was a trophy awarded by the Norris Candy Company to the best all around athlete at several North Carolina colleges. Jack McDowall won it twice.Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. (born November 5, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beckham played college football at nearby Louisiana State University (LSU), and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 12th overall pick. Since entering the NFL, Beckham has been one of the most productive and popular players, but he has drawn media scrutiny for his conduct on and off the playing field.
Beckham started the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in his first year playing for the LSU Tigers, and won the Paul Hornung Award following his junior season in 2013. In his first season with the New York Giants, Beckham broke numerous NFL rookie receiving records, despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. Beckham became the first player to record more than 75 receptions, 1,100 yards, and ten touchdowns in a rookie season, and broke the rookie record for the most average receiving yards per game. During Week 12 of his first season, Beckham came to national attention when he made a one-handed touchdown catch whilst falling backwards in a Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys, which numerous pundits and athletes called the greatest catch ever made. Beckham went on to win the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Beckham continued his remarkable form beyond his rookie season. In 2016, he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards. In 2016, he recorded his first 100-reception season and reached the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career, after helping the Giants to an 11–5 season record. Beckham was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, and has been named a second-team All-Pro twice.Owen Marecic
Owen Marecic ( mə-REE-sik; born October 4, 1988) is a former American football fullback. He played at the collegiate level for Stanford University.Rondale Moore
Rondale DaSean Moore (born June 9, 2000) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Purdue Boilermakers.Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley (; born February 9, 1997) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State for three seasons, running for 3,843 yards with 43 rushing touchdowns, while garnering 1,195 receiving yards with 8 touchdown receptions.
He totaled 5,557 all-purpose yards in his three-year collegiate career. Barkley received national attention and finished fourth in Heisman trophy voting with 304 total votes and third in Maxwell Award voting. He also received multiple national and Big Ten Conference awards and recognition. During Barkley's three-year collegiate career, he broke and set numerous Penn State Records including most rushing touchdowns in a career, most rushing yards by a freshman and sophomore as well as most total yards in a single game. Barkley was drafted with the second overall pick by the Giants in the 2018 NFL Draft.
As a rookie during the 2018 NFL season Barkley set numerous league and franchise records while on his way to a 1,300+ yard rushing season and a Pro Bowl nod. In 2018, Barkley set multiple league records, tying Randy Moss for most 50+ yard touchdowns from scrimmage in a season, along with recording the most receptions (91) by a rookie running back. Barkley also set three franchise records for rookies: most rushing touchdowns (11), most rushing yards (1,307), and most total touchdowns (15). Barkley was also awarded AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and was named to the first team PFWA All-Rookie Team.Shaq Thompson
Shaquille Green-Thompson (born April 21, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington. He also had a short stint with the Boston Red Sox as part of their rookie team in the Gulf Coast League. Since being drafted, he has played a hybrid safety/linebacker position for the Panthers. He is regarded as their "big nickel" and covers mismatches in the pass or run game.Wuerffel Trophy
The Wuerffel Trophy is an award given annually to the college football player "who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement." The trophy, designed by W. Stanley Proctor and named in honor of former University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel by the All Sports Association, shows Wuerffel praying after scoring a touchdown.
Paul Hornung Award winners
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