The Paul Hornung Award

Paul Hornung Award Week Two Honor Roll

Louisville, KY – Monday, September 8, 2014 – Four honorees from the power three conferences who combined to score TDs four different ways – passing, receiving, rushing, punt return – were selected to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll exemplifying their versatility on the field.

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.

Nebraska running back Ameer Adbullah turned a short pass into a 58-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left on the clock to send Nebraska to 2-0 with a 31-24 win over McNeese State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Abdullah rushed 17 times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Abdullah also caught three passes for a career-high 96 yards and had one kickoff return for 34 yards. His 58-yard catch alone broke his previous single-game high of 50 yards against UCLA in 2013. With his 54 rushing yards, Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 3,263 rushing yards.

Iowa State wide receiver Jarvis West was the go-to player for the Cyclones in a 32-28 loss to Kansas State. West became the first college football player since University of Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010 to have a passing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game. West finished with a career-high eight catches for 75 yards and a TD. He threw the ball once for 29 yards and a TD and his two punt returns were good for 93 yards and a TD. His 82-yard punt return in the second quarter was the longest punt return for ISU since 1962.

Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson made his first career appearance on offense a memorable one in the Huskies’ 59-52 win over Eastern Washington. After rushes of eight and one yard, Thompson broke off a 57-yard touchdown run to give the Huskies a 21-0 advantage. Thompson ended the game with 66 rushing yards on three carries and one touchdown. On the defensive side, Thompson had 14 tackles, including one tackle for a loss of seven yards and a sack for a loss of seven yards.

Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery lands on the Honor Roll for the second consecutive week after touching the ball four different ways in a 13-10 defeat to USC. Montgomery finished the game with 189 all-purpose yards: 69 yards on three kickoff returns, 44 yards on a punt return, 83 yards on nine receptions and a loss of seven yards on four rushes. With the 69 kickoff return yards, Montgomery becomes Stanford’s all-time leader in career kickoff return yards (2,133).


Past Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll Selections

Week One: Ishmael Adams (UCLA), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Frankie Williams (Purdue)


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