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Austin, Andrews Near Records, Earn PHA Weekly Honor Roll Selection
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 19, 2012) – On the cusp of national records, West Virgnia’s Tavon Austin and Western Kentucky University’s Antonio Andrews took home the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll following the 12th week of the season. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances throughout the season by FBS football players nationwide.
Austin was just six yards shy of the NCAA single game all-purpose record set by Emmett White of Utah State, while Andrews is just 596 yards shy of tying Barry Sanders’ single-season record for all-purpose yardage.
It is the third award of the season for Austin and fourth for Andrews.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Fans can show their support for Austin and Andrews along with over 50 other versatile stars from around the country in the online voting for the Paul Hornung Award finalists at www.votepaulhornung.com, powered by Texas Roadhouse. All players on the preseason watch list, as well as players selected on the Weekly Honor Roll and those identified by the Paul Hornung Award Committee are eligible for the fan voting. The fan selections will count as an additional vote in the selection process.
Week 12 Honorees:
• West Virginia's Tavon Austin rushed 21 times for 344 yards and two touchdowns, caught four passes for 82 yards, and returned eight kickoffs for 146 yards in the Mountaineers 50-49 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 17. Austin's 572 all-purpose yards are the most by a player in the NCAA this season. The all-time record is 578 yards set by Emmett White of Utah State in 2000 vs. New Mexico State.
• WKU’s Antonio Andrews had 37 carries for 238 yards and two touchdowns, caught one pass for 14 yards, returned one punt for 16 yards and two kickoffs for 74 yards. He finished the night with 342 all-purpose yards, his third straight game with 300-plus all-purpose yards, as the Hilltoppers lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 31-27.
Past Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Selections
Week One: Giovani Bernard (North Carolina), Matt Brown (Temple), Marqise Lee (USC) and Venric Mark (Northwestern).
Week Two: Venric Mark (Northwestern), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and Steven Manfro (UCLA).
Week Three: Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky University), De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon) and Duke Johnson (Miami).
Week Four: Duke Johnson (Miami) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
Week Five: Dri Archer (Kent State), Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) and Jamal Miles (Arizona State).
Week Six: Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Venric Mark (Northwestern), Dri Archer (Kent State) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
Week Seven: Dri Archer (Kent State), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and Jerry “BooBoo” Gates (Bowling Green).
Week Eight: Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Skye Dawson (TCU) and Bernard Reedy (Toledo).
Week Nine: Marqise Lee (USC), De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon) and Giovani Bernard (North Carolina).
Week Ten: Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky University) and Marqise Lee (USC).
Week 11: Duke Johnson (Miami), Venric Mark (Northwestern) and Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky University).
Week 12: Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky University).
Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse
Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award is designed to promote college football and help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky's best-known and accomplished athletes who has always called Louisville home. Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers, set a single season NFL scoring record that stood 46 years. Paul is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called Hornung, “The most versatile man ever to play the game.” A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award, and this year fan voting on Facebook will comprise the 17th vote. All votes are tabulated independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine in late January each year in downtown Louisville. For more information, visit www.paulhornungaward.com Fans can also follow online on Twitter (@hornungaward) and Become a Fan on Facebook.
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