LOUISVILLE, Ky - Monday, September 16, 2013 - Four new faces and one repeat selection who racked up big yards on offense and special teams were selected for this week's Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The winner and his family will be honored January 28, 2014, at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.
Week Three Honorees:
Arizona State senior running back Marion Grice scored four rushing touchdowns in ASU's 32-30 upset win over Wisconsin on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium. Grice rushed 22 times for 84 yards, including a long run of 18 yards, and caught five passes for 50 yards, including a long reception of 20 yards. Grice added three kickoff returns for 64 yards, including a long of 23 yards. He finished the game with 198 all-purpose yards. Grice now has six touchdowns on the year (five rushing, one receiving) and leads the nation in scoring at 18.0 points per game.
Texas A&M's quarterback Johnny Manziel lived up to expectations by accumulating 562 total yards of offense in a 49-42 losing effort at home to two-time defending champion Alabama. Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans connected three times for long passes on A&M's first two drives, setting up two short touchdowns that put the Aggies up 14-0 halfway through the first quarter. Manziel went 28-for-39 passing and racked up 464 yards through the air for five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also carried the ball 14 times for 98 yards.
Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott ran for a career-high 164 yards on 19 carries and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown Saturday night as the Rebels scored 30 unanswered points to run past Texas 44-23 in front of the third-largest crowd (101,474) at DKR Stadium. With the win, the Rebels improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1989. Scott recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game, second of the year, and moved into a tie for ninth on the Rebels' all-time rushing TDs list with his 17th career rushing score (5-yarder in the first quarter). Scott added one reception for six yards to set a career high 243 all-purpose yards.
Oregon's running back De'Anthony Thomas, who is considered one of the fastest players in college football, recorded 172 all-purpose yards in a 59-14 blowout of Tennessee at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Thomas, who sat out the entire fourth quarter, rushed for a game high 13 times and gained 86 yards. Thomas also made one reception for 28 yards and returned two kickoffs for 58 yards. The number two-ranked Ducks are 3-0 on the season.
Tulsa's Trey Watts landed on the Honor Roll for the second consecutive week after he totaled 231 all-purpose yards with 60 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving, 77 on punt return yards and 29 kick return yards in a 51-20 loss to Oklahoma. Tulsa took its first scoring drive 75 yards in 11 plays as Watts ran in from two yards out for Tulsa's first rushing touchdown this year. Watts' 77-yard punt return was the longest of his career.
Past Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Selections
Week One: Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), B.J. Catalon (TCU), Christion Jones (Alabama).
Week Two: Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State), Tramaine Thompson (Kansas State), Trey Watts (Tulsa).
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. Hornung 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, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising 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 KentuckyOne Health in late January in downtown Louisville. For more information, visit www.paulhornungaward.com Fans can also follow online on Twitter (@hornungaward) and Become a Fan on Facebook.