Paul Hornung Award Finalists Earn Numerous All-American Honors

Paul Hornung Award Finalists Earn Numerous All-American Honors

Versatile quartet of Austin, Lee, Andrews and Archer leads the way in all-purpose recognition

          December 17, 2012 – Louisville, Ky. – The four 2012 Paul Hornung Award finalists are well-represented on All-American teams released last week, highlighted by representation on the Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com All-American squads. The versatile, offensive-oriented quartet featuring Western Kentucky University running back Antonio Andrews, Kent State running back Dri Archer, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin and University of Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee combined for 10 spots on various all-star squads.

          Lee was named a first-team All-American wideout by the Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com after setting Pac-12 single-season records for receptions (112) and yards (1,680). Lee also leads the nation in each category. He scored 15 touchdowns in 2012, including 14 on receptions. The average length of his 15 touchdowns was more than 40 yards per play. His breakout sophomore season earned him Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors and placed him fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Lee’s fourth-place Heisman finish is the highest of any wide receiver since Pittsburgh’s Larry Fitzgerald finished second in 2003. He became just the fourth wide receiver since 1992 to finish in the top five in Heisman voting.

          Lee and the Trojans will face Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. The game is set for 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

Archer was also represented on each of the All-American teams, named third-team all-purpose runner by the Associated Press, a first-team all-purpose runner by ESPN.com and an honorable mention all-purpose selection from SI.com. Archer compiled nearly 2,500 all-purpose yards in leading Kent State to an 11-1 record in the regular season. He is the only player in the nation with a passing, receiving, rushing and kick return touchdown this season. Archer had 150 carries for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns, 35 receptions for 539 yards and four touchdowns, one punt return, 15 kickoff returns for 573 yards and three touchdowns while also throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass. Only three players in the nation have scored more touchdowns than Archer’s 22 this season.

          Archer and the Golden Flashes will face Arkansas State in the GODADDY.com Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. The game is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

          Austin, a senior, earned Associated Press and SI.com’s first-team as an all-purpose runner after racking up 2,760 all-purpose yards. A significant chunk of those yards came through the air, as Austin hauled in 110 catches for 1,259 yards. His production at wide receiver earned him honorable mention honors at the position from SI.com. Austin’s 572 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma on Nov. 17 were the second most in a single game in FBS history. He is the FBS leader in active all-purpose yards (7,134), yards per play (14.02) and catches (284). Austin is the 10th player in FBS history to eclipse 7,000 career all-purpose yards.

          Austin and the Mountaineers will face Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in New York City at Yankee Stadium. The game will kickoff at 3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.          

          Andrews earned All-American accolades from SI.com, landing on the second team as an all-purpose runner and was also selected as an honorable mention running back. In his first season carrying the load for the Hilltoppers, Andrews piled up a nation-best 2,977 all-purpose yards, a mark that ranks third all-time for a single-season in FBS history. With 274 all-purpose yards in WKU’s bowl game, Andrews would pass Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988) for the single-season record. This season, Andrews was the only running back in the nation with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving and the only player in the nation with four 300-yard, all-purpose games. He finished the regular season with 277 carries for 1,609 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, 411 yards receiving on 34 receptions with three touchdowns, 18 punt returns for 230 yards and a touchdown and 26 kickoff returns for 727 yards.          

          Andrews and the Hilltoppers will face Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Detroit at Ford Field. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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