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WEEK 2: Six Players Earn Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll to Open College Football Season

Players from ACC, Big 10, Mountain West and SEC Help Teams to Opening Wins

Louisville, Ky. – Sept. 7, 2021 – Six players representing four different conferences earned the Paul Hornung Award Honor roll for their versatile play in opening game victories for their respective schools. Blake Corum (RB/KR Michigan) and Rakim Jarrett (WR/KR Maryland) represent the Big 10; Tyler Badie (RB/KR, Missouri) and Ainias Smith (WR/KR, Texas A&M) represent the SEC; Deven Thompkins (WR/KR, Utah State) represents the Mountain West; and Zonovan Knight (RB/KR, NC State) represents the ACC.

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WEEK 1: 57 Players Named to 2021 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Players accounted for more than 39,000 total yards, 205 tackles and 240 touchdowns in 2020
Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse to Sponsor Award for 11th Year

Louisville, Ky. — July 29, 2021 — The Louisville Sports Commission today named 57 multi-talented college football players to the 2021 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its 12th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission in the memory of the late football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2021.

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Alabama’s DeVonta Smith Named 2020 Paul Hornung Award Winner

Award Presented Annually Since 2010 to Most Versatile Player in Major College Football

Louisville, Ky. – Jan. 5, 2021 – Alabama senior wide receiver / return specialist DeVonta Smith, a prolific pass catcher and standout on special teams who scored touchdowns receiving, rushing and returning punts, has been named winner of the 11th annual Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The announcement was made today by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC), owners and operators of the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the most versatile player in major college football. The LSC created the award in 2011 along with football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, who passed away on Nov. 13, 2020, at age 84.

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Five Offensive Players/ Return Specialists Earn Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll

Honorees Combined to Touch the Ball 70 Times for 903 All-Purpose Yards, Six Scores

Louisville, Ky. – Dec. 21, 2020 – Five offensive players / return specialists were named to the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. Making the list are: Britain Covey, Utah; Travis Etienne, Clemson; Justin Hall, Ball State; DeVonta Smith, Alabama; and Kadarius Toney, Florida.

The Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, now in its 11th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission to pay tribute to football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2021.

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Six Wide Receivers / Return Specialists Earn Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll

Honorees Played Multiple Positions on Offense and Special Teams

Louisville, Ky. – Dec. 14, 2020 –Six offensive players / return specialists were named to the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. Making the list are: Britain Covey, Utah; Justin Hall, Ball State; Bo Melton, Rutgers; Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan; Kadarius Toney, Florida; and DJ Turner, Pitt.

The Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, now in its 11th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission to pay tribute to football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2021.

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