The Paul Hornung Award

Paul Hornung Award Week One Honor Roll

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Two Offensive and Two Defensive Players Headline First Honor Roll of the Season

Louisville, KY – Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – Four players – two on offense and two on defense – who provided game-changing plays have been named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll for the opening week of the 2014 season. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation by FBS student-athletes.

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 in late January 2015 at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in downtown Louisville.

Week One Honorees:

UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams’ big plays on defense and special teams helped the Bruins slip by the Virginia Cavaliers 28-20 in Charlottesville. Adams finished the game with 98 all-purpose yards, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to give UCLA a 7-0 lead that they would not lose. He also had three punt returns for 49 yards, two kickoff returns for 29 yards and four tackles.

Georgia running back Todd Gurley set a school record with 293 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns to help the Bulldogs down Clemson 45-21. He notched his 14th career 100-yard rushing game with a career-high 198 yards and three scores on just 15 carries, including a 51-yard touchdown on his final carry. Gurley also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, his second career 100-yard return for a score.

Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery had 159 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard punt return, in a 45-0 win over UC Davis. He played just two quarters, and the punt return for a TD came on his first career punt return. Montgomery added one carry for eight yards from the Wildcat formation, five receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, and two punt returns for 74 yards.

Purdue DB Frankie Williams set up three scores on defense and special teams and finished with 119 all-purpose yards in a 43-34 win over Western Michigan. Williams’ 56-yard interception return led to a second quarter TD, he added a 27-yard punt return that led to a field goal and a 36-yard return that led to an eight-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He finished the game with seven tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in crucial fourth quarter, fourth down situations.


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. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health in late January in downtown Louisville. For more information, visit Fans can also follow online on Twitter (@hornungaward), on Instagram (@paulhornungaward) and Become a Fan on Facebook.

About Texas Roadhouse

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. Texas Roadhouse has grown to more than 400 locations in 48 states. The company is famous for hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch sides, fresh-baked bread and its lively atmosphere. In 2007 and 2008, Forbes magazine ranked the company as one of the 200 Best Small Companies and in 2009 the company was ranked “Best Value” by readers of Consumer Reports magazine. For more information, visit

About KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.

Louisville Sports Commission

The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sports. LSC attracts and hosts sporting events and activities that have a positive economic impact on Louisville, enhance the area’s image as a premier sports destination, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages. More information is available online at and