Four elite players from offense and special teams and one true freshman defensive player who recently added ball carrying duties have been named finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Two of those play-makers hail from the Southeastern Conference in LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
The announcement for the fourth Paul Hornung Award was made by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Notre Dame and an NFL Most Valuable Player with the Green Bay Packers whose versatility earned his enshrinement in both the college and professional football Halls of Fame. At Notre Dame, Hornung played every position in the offensive backfield, handled punting and placekicking duties, returned kickoffs and started at safety on defense.
Manziel currently sits at first in the SEC and second nationally in total offense with 392.4 total yards per game. He's improved his passing numbers across the board in 2013 after an astounding campaign in 2012 that resulted in a Heisman Trophy. Beckham Jr. is second nationally in all-purpose yards with 209 per game. The scintillating receiver and return man is averaging 21 yards per touch for the Tigers this season.
All votes for the Paul Hornung Award are tabulated independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton, one of the largest accounting and advisory firms in Kentucky, with offices in Louisville and Lexington. The winner and his family will be honored January 28 at the annual Paul Hornung award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.
Candidates are listed below.
|Odell Beckham Jr.