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The finalists for the 2010 Paul Hornung Award were announced on December 10, 2010 at the annual Louisville Sports Commission Breakfast at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky.
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
Jeremy Kerley, TCU
Owen Marecic, Stanford
On December 10, 2010 at its annual breakfast, the Louisville Sports Commission announced three finalists for the inaugural Paul Hornung award: wide receiver/kick return specialist Jeremy Kerley of TCU, wide receiver/quarterback/kick returner Randall Cobb of Kentucky, and fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic of Stanford.
“Each finalist demonstrated his desire to do whatever his coaches asked to help win football games,” said Hornung. “these guys can run, catch, pass, block, play defense or anchor special teams, and they do it in the big games against the best teams. i am a big fan of all three.”
“Electrifying” is how CBS College Football announcer Tim Brando described Kerley, 2010 Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. A game changer as a wide receiver and returning kickoffs and punt returns, he was one of just two players in the nation ranked in the top 20 in both punt and kickoff returns and helped lead the Horned Frogs to their second consecutive unbeaten regular season. He averaged a career-best 28 yards on kickoff returns, led the team with a career-high 50 receptions, scored 13 TDs and led the MWC with 123 all-purpose yards per game. He recorded 114 all-purpose yards in TCU’s 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Cobb, one of the most prolific offensive and special teams threats in the history of the SEC, accounted for touchdowns this season catching, running, throwing and returning punts - and held for field goals and PATs. after watching UK play, Chris Low of ESPN.com wrote, “there’s not a better all-around football player in America than Cobb.” the Kentucky star led SEC receivers with 79 catches for 955 yards and 7 touchdowns. At QB, Cobb rushed for 401 yards and 5 touchdowns and threw for 3 scores. He also returned a punt for a TD, threw and ran for two-point conversions and set UK’s career record for touchdowns. Cobb was named consensus All-American as the all-purpose player.
Marecic, a true throwback that started both ways for nearly the entire 2010 season, logged an average of 110 plays per game in the rugged Pac-10 - equivalent to nearly two full seasons. He played almost 100 downs in Stanford’s win over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl, where he scored on a one-yard run, recorded a sack and made six tackles.
Other players receiving votes were (in alphabetical order): Dwayne Harris - East Carolina; Jerrel Jernigan – Troy; Damaris Johnson – Tulsa; Julio Jones – Alabama; Colin Kaepernick – Nevada; Cam Newton – Auburn; Eric Page – Toledo; Patrick Peterson – LSU; Trent Richardson – Alabama; Denard Robinson – Michigan; Mohamed Sanu – Rutgers; Patrick Shed - UAB.