- Watch List
- 2012 Winner - Tavon Austin
- Paul Hornung
- Louisville Sports Commission
A panel of college football experts will create a Watch List of approximately 50 players. Additionally, LSC staff and outside experts select and recognize outstanding performers each week during the course of the season. Press releases are distributed to sports journalists throughout the nation and to sports information directors at all FBS schools, and are posted on www.paulhornungaward.com.
Starting in 2013, voting for the winner will take place in early December immediately following conference championships games and regular season play. After Week 12 of the regular season, a panel of college football experts will create a candidate list of approximately 10-15 players based on performance during the season. The Paul Hornung Award Selection Committee will choose the finalists and ultimately the winner from the candidate list. For the actual selection, a 16-member Selection Committee will vote for finalists in mid-November. The Selection Committee chooses the winner in early December from among the finalists after they compete in bowl games.
The essence of the Award – versatility enabling a player to make an impact at numerous positions on the field – suggests that a dynamic list of candidates will emerge as the college football season progresses. With this factor in mind, the Paul Hornung Award Advisory Committee and Selection Committee will adhere to the following timeline for 2013:
- July 5 - Develop and publicize an Official Watch List
- Nov. 17 - List of Candidates Supplied to Paul Hornung Award Selection Committee
- Nov. 21 - Finalists Announced
- Dec. 13 - Winner Announced
- Jan. 28, 2014 – Host winner at official awards banquet in Louisville, Ky.
To be eligible, a candidate must be in good standing and eligible on his team during the selection process, eligible with the NCAA during the selection process and play significant time during most or all of the season. Decisions regarding student-athlete status for the Award will be made by the LSC staff and Advisory Committee. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following:
- Play multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense
- Play a significant role on special teams
- Perform as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense and is used on the other side of the ball in some impactful capacity
- Demonstrate an extreme, high-level of versatility at one position on a regular basis over the course of the season
- Make a significant impact during big games and elevate the team’s performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles
A panel of college football experts will develop an Official Watch List with names added to the list as the season progresses based upon player performance. Selection Committee members will vote for Finalists using a 5-3-1 point system (1st place – 5 points; 2nd place – 3 points; 3rd place – 1 point). A designated number of players with the most points comprises the Finalist List.
Selection Committee members select their top three from the finalist pool, ranked in order 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place. The 5-3-1 point system will be used to determine the winner.
Fan voting accounts for the 17th vote, approximately 6% of the overall votes, using the 5-3-1 point system. (The player with the most fan votes receives 5 points; the player with the second most votes receives 3 points; the player with third most votes receives 1 point.)
The public accounting firm Dean Dorton will tabulate the votes for the Finalists and Award winner. Selection Committee voting is conducted via email. Fan voting is conducted online at www.votepaulhornung.com. No member of the LSC board, staff or Hornung Award Advisory Committee will receive or tabulate votes.
2013 Selection Committee Members
The Paul Hornung Award Selection Committee is comprised of college football experts from around the country:
- Mark Blaudschun, National college football writer, Boston Globe
- Tim Brando, CBS Sports play-by-play announcer; host College Football Today
- Gil Brandt, NFL.com personnel guru; recognized as pioneer in NFL / college football scouting for Dallas Cowboys
- Christine Brennan, USA Today national sports columnist; author; commentator ABC News, Fox Sports Radio, ESPN
- Joe DeLamielleure, All-America OL at Michigan St, NFL Hall of Fame with Buffalo (retired)
- Ron Higgins, SEC football writer, Memphis Commercial Appeal
- Dan Jenkins, Celebrated sports author; Golf Digest; Sports Illustrated (retired)
- Sam Madison, Sports radio host; retired NFL All Pro DB & Super Bowl NY Giants
- Ivan Maisel, National columnist and college football editor, ESPN.com; author
- Jeremy Schaap, ESPN anchor / reporter; ABC News correspondent; author
- George Schroeder, Columnist, Eugene (Oregon) Register Guard
- Phil Simms, CBS Sports analyst; retired NY Giants All-Pro / Super Bowl MVP QB
- Aaron Taylor, CBS College Sports Network; DL Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers
- Lesley Visser, CBS Sports reporter, voted No. 1 female sports journalist of all time
- Mike Archer, College and professional football coach
- Phil Steele, College and professional football sports writer and analyst