Five Named as "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week"

By Robert Sampson, Paul Hornung Award 

LOUISVILLE, KY (Sept. 20, 2010) – Five players from around the nation have been named "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week," it was announced Monday by Paul Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission.

The weekly award honorees highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung. 

Week Three Honorees:

• TCU’s Jeremy Kerley had four punt returns for 84 yards, six receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns, and four carries for 49 yards in a 45-10 win over Baylor on Sept. 18.

• Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray had 110 rushing yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns. He added five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. He had one kick return for 39 yards in a 27-24 win over Air Force on Sept. 18 in Norman.

• Alabama’s Trent Richardson had two kick returns for 114 yards, seven carries for 61 yard with one touchdown and one reception for nine yards in a 62-13 win over Duke in Durham on Sept. 18. His 91 yard kickoff return for touchdown was the first for an Alabama player since 2004. Richardson also became the 51st Crimson Tide player to rush for 1,000 career yards in a career with his 61-yard performance against Duke.

• Oregon State's James Rodgers had four kick returns for 161 yards, three catches for 27 yards, two carries for 12 yards and two punt returns for 43 yards in a 35-28 win over Louisville on Sept. 18 in Corvallis.

• Maryland’s Torrey Smith had a big day receiving with three catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four kick off returns for 93 yards to total 242 total yards in a 31-17 loss to West Virginia.

A weekly, up-to-date rundown of the individual accomplishments of each player on the Watch List can be found on the official website of the Paul Hornung Award at www.paulhornungaward.com. 

Past Weekly Honorees

Week Two: Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Jeffery Demps (Florida), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy), Joe Lefeged (Rutgers), Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), Kenjon Barner (Oregon), Owen Marecic (Stanford), Keshawn Martin (Michigan State).

Week One: Dwayne Harris (East Carolina), Brandon Bing (Rutgers), Demaris Johnson (Tulsa), Austin Pettis (Boise State), Kenjon Barner (Oregon), Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Patrick Peterson (LSU), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy) and Jeremy Kerley (TCU).

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Paul Hornung Award

Created by the Louisville Sports Commission, the Paul Hornung Award is designed to recognize versatile, high-level performers in major college football and help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky’s best known athletes. A panel of experts will select the inaugural winner in early January 2011. The votes will be tabulated by Dean Dorton Allen Ford. Hornung is considered by many the best all-around player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back and was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker in the pros. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points and was named League MVP following the 1961 season. Legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi called Hornung, “The most versatile man ever to play the game.” Paul is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and resides in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. More information go to www.paulhornungaward.com.

Louisville Sports Commission

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