Paul Hornung Award
Awarded forThe collegiate American football player adjudged to be the most versatile of all NCAA players
Presented byLouisville Sports Commission
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
CountryUnited States
First awarded2010
Currently held byTavon Austin, West Virginia
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The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Kentucky and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy Hornung, of one of Louisville’s native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.[1]


Paul Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] While in the NFL, he was an offensive back and kicker. 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 from 1959 to 1961, setting the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points. He was named league MVP following the 1961 season.[citation needed]

Eligibility criteriaEdit

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 status for the award will be made by the Oversight 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:

  • Playing multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense
  • Playing a significant role on special teams
  • Performing as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense and is used on the other side of the ball in some capacity
  • Making a significant impact during big games and elevating the team's performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles


Year Player Position School
2010 Owen Marecic FB & LB Stanford[2]
2011 Brandon Boykin CB & RS Georgia
2012 Tavon Austin WR & RS West Virginia[3]


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