Georgia's Brandon Boykin Named 2011 Paul Hornung Award Winner

Georgia senior Brandon Boykin has been selected winner of the 2011 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, as the most versatile player in major college football. More information about Brandon Boykin winning the 2011 Paul Hornung Award can be found online at www.paulhornungaward.com. The announcement was made today by the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung.

Boykin demonstrated his versatility throughout the 2011 season as a bona fide star on defense and special teams and an impact player on offense. Boykin played nearly every down at cornerback; returned kickoffs and punts, played on the kickoff and punt coverage teams; and saw action at tailback, wide receiver and quarterback in a "wild-dog" offensive set. A second team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league's coaches at defensive back, he helped Georgia score in all three facets of the game as a senior.

"It's rare for a modern-day college football player to perform at a high level in all three phases of the game, especially in an elite conference," Hornung said. "From what I've seen of Brandon Boykin, he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win games. That's how I played the game. Brandon Boykin is a deserving winner of the Paul Hornung Award."

Boykin will be honored on Feb. 2, 2012, at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville during the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet, sponsored by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine.

"My experience at Georgia has changed my life in so many positive ways and allowed me to be considered for such a prestigious honor," said Boykin. "Being a Georgia Bulldog has helped groom me into the individual I am on and off the field. Winning the Paul Hornung Award is an amazing accomplishment and one that I will cherish as one of my greatest accomplishments forever. I am humbled by the fact that I was selected as the winner by Mr. Hornung and everyone else involved with the selection process. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and the entire Georgia program for helping me to achieve this incredible achievement."

On defense, Boykin was a lockdown cornerback as a senior. He had three interceptions and nine pass breakups in the secondary while compiling 55 tackles, including 11 for loss. He forced two fumbles and recorded a safety. He finished his career with 159 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine interceptions.

On special teams, Boykin enjoyed one of most successful careers in Southeastern Conference history. He finished the 2011 season with 38 kick returns for 850 yards and returned 14 punt returns for 180 yards and a touchdown. For his career, the 5-10, 183-pound Bulldog finished as Georgia's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 2,663, which ranks second on the conference's all-time list. Boykin is also the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind, finishing his career with four kickoff returns for touchdowns and one punt return for touchdown.

On offense, Boykin was a threat to score from any spot on the field, notching touchdowns on 25 percent of his touches. He had seven carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and five receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. On his first offensive touch of the season, he ran 80-yards for a touchdown in the team's opener against No. 5 Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Boykin's performance against No. 12 Michigan State in the 2012 Outback Bowl may have displayed his versatility best as he produced points three different ways: he set an Outback Bowl record on a 92-yard punt return for touchdown, caught a 13-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield and a forced safety on a solo tackle of two-time Hornung Award Watch List selection Keshawn Martin in the endzone. He also added seven tackles, including two for loss, in the 33-30, three-overtime loss.

Despite the outcome, Boykin was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Georgia finished the season 10-4, including ten consecutive wins to end the regular season. It was the longest winning streak for the Bulldogs since 1982. Georgia won the SEC Eastern Division and earned a birth in the school's first SEC Championship Game since 2005, finishing the regular season 7-1 in league play.

A Fayetteville, Georgia, native out of Fayette County (GA) High School, Boykin was a consistent performer throughout the 2011 season. He was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll, a recognition honoring versatile, single game performances, following eight of Georgia's 13 games.

Boykin was chosen the second Paul Hornung Award winner from among four finalists by a 16-member national Selection Committee comprised of sports journalists and retired NFL players. An additional vote came from fan voting on the Texas Roadhouse Facebook page; all votes were tabulated and scored independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford. On December 9, Boykin, Joe Adams (Arkansas), LaMichael James (Oregon) and Eric Page (Toledo) were named Paul Hornung Award finalists by the same selection process.

Boykin will participate in the 2012 Senior Bowl on Jan. 28, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama, marking the second straight year that the winner of the Paul Hornung Award has participated in the annual showcase of the top seniors across the nation.

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, was the inaugural Paul Hornung Award winner. All three 2010 Paul Hornung Award finalists now are playing in the NFL: Kentucky's Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers), TCU's Jeremy Kerley (New York Jets) and Marecic (Cleveland Browns).

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Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse

Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse 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 powered by Texas Roadhouse 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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