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

By Robert Sampson, Paul Hornung Award

LOUISVILLE, KY (Oct. 25, 2010) - Four players representing as many conferences were named "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week," it was announced Monday by Paul Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission. Alabama running back / kick returner Trent Richardson made the list for the fourth time while Stanford ironman Owen Marecic, a rare two-way starter in major college football, was named to the list for the third time this season.

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 Eight Honorees:

· Alabama's Trent Richardson had 12 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown, one five yard reception for a touchdown and two kick returns for 48 yards in a 41-10 win over Tennessee on Oct. 23. He also had a special teams tackle in the win.

· Nebraska's Niles Paul had 278 all purpose yards on nine receptions for 135 yards, one punt return for 24 yards and two kick returns for 119 yards and one touchdown in a 51-41 win over Oklahoma State on Oct. 23.

· Stanford's Owen Marecic had five tackles, a 19-yard interception return, two receptions for 15 yards and two carries for five yards in a 38-23 win over Washington State on Oct. 23. A two-way starter at fullback and LB, Marecic played 85 of a possible 138 downs from scrimmage and was on the "hands" team that smothered two WSU onside kicks.

· UAB's Pat Shed accounted for 227 all-purpose yards with 16 carries for 69 yards, two receptions for 16 yards, and five kick returns for 142 yards (28.5 per return) in a 29-24 loss at Mississippi State on Oct. 24.

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

Past Weekly Honorees

Week Eight: Brandon Boykin (Georgia), Owen Marecic (Stanford), Niles Paul (Nebraska) and Trent Richardson (Alabama).

Week Seven: Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Tandon Doss (Indiana), David Gilreath (Wisconsin), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy) and Trent Richardson (Alabama).

Week Six: Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Greg Reid (Florida State), Mohammed Sanu (Rutgers) and Shaky Smithson (Utah).

Week Five: Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Tandon Doss (Indiana) and Denard Robinson (Michigan). 

Week Four: Trey Burton (Florida), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy), Jeremy Kerley (TCU), Owen Marecic (Stanford), Terrell Pryor (Ohio State), Trent Richardson (Alabama), DJ Woods (Cincinnati) and Titus Young (Boise State).

Week Three: Jeremy Kerley (TCU), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Trent Richardson (Alabama), James Rodgers (Oregon State), and Torrey Smith (Maryland).

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

Week One: Kenjon Barner (Oregon), Brandon Bing (Rutgers), Randall Cobb (Kentucky),

Dwayne Harris (East Carolina), Jerrel Jernigan (Troy), Demaris Johnson (Tulsa), Jeremy Kerley (TCU), Patrick Peterson (LSU), Austin Pettis (Boise State).


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. The Paul Hornung Award Banquet, presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine, will be held January 25 in downtown Louisville. 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 1960 and 1961 seasons. Legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi called Hornung, "The most versatile man ever to play the game." Paul is a member of the High School, 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

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