The Paul Hornung Award

WEEK 4 – Five Players Earn Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll in Week Four

Honorees Combined for Nine Touchdowns Five Different Ways

Louisville, Ky. – Sept. 27, 2021 – Five players representing five conferences combined for nine touchdowns five different ways to earn the Paul Hornung Weekly Honor Roll in week four of the college football season.

Rasheen Ali from Marshall represents Conference USA; Jack Colletto from Oregon State represents the Pac 12; Dylan Drummond from Eastern Michigan represents the MAC; Trestan Ebner from Baylor represents the Big 12; and Jayden Reed from Michigan State represents the Big Ten.

The Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, now in its 12th 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, who passed away in Nov. 2021. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on Mar. 8, 2022.

College football fans nationwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Online fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse is now open HERE and factors into the selection of the finalists and winner.

Marshall freshman running / return specialist Rasheen Ali touched the ball 20 times three different ways and scored two different ways in the Thundering Herd’s 31-30 heartbreaking loss at Appalachian State. Ali returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score in the second quarter and carried the ball 17 times for 83 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He caught two passes for 10 yards and accounted for five first downs from scrimmage.

Oregon State junior running back / linebacker Jack Colletto scored twice on offense, intercepted a pass on defense and played special teams as the Beavers overwhelmed Southern California 45-27 in the Coliseum. Lining up as a short-yardage quarterback, Colletto scored on a pair of one-yard runs late in the third quarter and early in the fourth that put the game out of reach. His fourth quarter interception and 19-yard return led to an OSU field goal that closed out the scoring.

Eastern Michigan junior wide receiver / return specialist Dylan Drummond touched the ball three different ways and accounted for scores two different ways in the Eagles’ 59-21 home win over Texas State. He scored on a 12-yard pass early in the third quarter, then threw a 13-yard scoring pass later in that frame for what proved to be the winning score. Drummond also returned a punt, fair caught a punt and accounted for three first downs receiving.

Baylor running back / return specialist Trestan Ebner touched the ball 15 times four different ways and scored once in the Bear’s 31-29 home win over Iowa State. From scrimmage, Ebner carried the ball eight times and caught two passes. On special teams, he returned three kickoffs for 147 yards, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a score late in the third quarter; and he returned two punts for 47 yards, including a 43-yard return late in the fourth quarter to set up what proved to be the winning field goal.

Michigan State wide receiver / return specialist Jayden Reed touched the ball four different ways and scored two different ways in the Spartan’s 23-20 overtime win over Nebraska at home. He caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown reception that opened the scoring. His two lengthy kickoff returns led to MSU field goals and his 62-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the game tied the score and led to overtime. Reed finished the game with 212 all-purpose yards.

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son, and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Each week during the regular season, a panel of college football experts selects players for the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll based on performance. A national selection committee comprised of 17 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award finalists and the winner, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 18th vote. Regional accounting firm Dean Dorton independently tabulates all votes. For more information, visit Fans also can follow online on Twitter (@hornungaward) and Become a Fan on Facebook.

Previous Paul Hornung Award winners by year:

• 2020: DeVonta Smith of Alabama topped the nation in receiving yards and yards after catch, and averaged 24 yards per punt return leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship. He scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and returning punts and was a gunner on punt coverage.
• 2019: Lynn Bowden Jr. of Kentucky made the move from all-purpose receiver/wildcat quarterback/return specialist to quarterback in mid-season and led the Wildcats to a 5-2 record and Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech.
• 2018: Rondale Moore of Purdue was a dynamic All-American freshman sensation who broke the school record for all-purpose yards in a season and a game with 2,215 and 313, respectively.
• 2017: Saquon Barkley of Penn State was an electrifying All-American running back who lined up at slot and wildcat quarterback, and returned kicks and punts;
• 2016: Jabrill Peppers of Michigan played 15 different positions on defense, offense and special teams, and earned first team All-America at linebacker;
• 2015: Christian McCaffrey of Stanford was a workhorse on offense and special teams who broke the NCAA record for all-purpose yards, finishing with 3,864;
• 2014: Shaq Thompson of Washington was a two-way player, earning first team All-American honors at linebacker and finished as the Husky’s second-leading rusher at tailback;
• 2013: Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU finished the season ranked second in the nation and first in the Southeastern Conference with 2,222 all-purpose yards and 185.2 average yards per game;
• 2012: Tavon Austin of West Virginia earned All-American by scoring 17 touchdowns receiving, rushing, returning kicks and punts; and amassing 2,272 all-purpose yards, including 572 yards versus Oklahoma.
• 2011: Brandon Boykin of Georgia was a lockdown cornerback on defense; scored three touchdowns playing quarterback, running back and slot on offense; and led the SEC in punt and kick returns.
• 2010: Owen Marecic of Stanford was a two-way starter who averaged 110 snaps per game and earned first team All Pac-10 at fullback and honorable mention at linebacker.

Below are past winners and finalists who have made their mark in the NFL:

• Ameer Abdullah* RB; Nebraska / Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings
• Joe Adams WR; Arkansas / Carolina Panthers
• Antonio Andrews WR; Western Kentucky / Tennessee Titans
• Dri Archer RB; Kent State / Pittsburgh Steelers
• Tavon Austin RB; West Virginia / St. Louis, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers
• Saquon Barkley* RB; Penn State / New York Giants
• Odell Beckham Jr* WR; LSU / New York Giants, Cleveland Browns
• Lynn Bowden, Jr.* WR; Kentucky / Miami Dolphins
• Brandon Boykin CB; Georgia / Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens
• Randall Cobb* WR; Kentucky / Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans
• D’Wayne Eskridge* WR; North Carolina / Seattle Seahawks
• Travis Etienne* RB; Clemson / Jacksonville Jaguars
• Clyde Edwards-Helaire* RB; LSU / Kansas City Chiefs
• Marcus Green WR; Louisiana-Monroe / Philadelphia Eagles
• Marion Grice RB; Arizona State / Arizona Cardinals
• KJ Hamler WR; Penn State / Denver Broncos
• N’Keal Harry* WR; Arizona State / New England Patriots
• Nyheim Hines* RB; NC State / Indianapolis Colts
• Myles Jack* LB; UCLA / Jacksonville Jaguars
• Adoree’ Jackson* CB; USC / Tennessee Titans
• LaMichael James RB; Oregon / Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
• Jeremy Kerley WR; TCU / San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills
• Joel Lanning LB; Iowa State / Dallas Cowboys
• Marqise Lee* WR; USC / Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots
• Johnny Manziel QB; Texas A&M / Cleveland Browns
• Owen Marecic DB; Stanford / Cleveland Browns
• Christian McCaffrey* RB; Stanford / Carolina Panthers
• Ty Montgomery* RB; Stanford / Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints
• Marcus Murphy RB; Missouri / New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers
• Robert Nkemdiche* DL; Ole Miss / Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks
• Jabrill Peppers* DB; Michigan / Cleveland Browns, New York Giants
• Dante Pettis* WR; Washington / San Francisco 49ers
• Joe Reed* WR; Virginia / Los Angeles Chargers
• DeVonta Smith* WR; Alabama / Philadelphia Eagles
• Shaq Thompson* LB; Washington / Carolina Panthers
• Kadarius Toney* WR; Florida / New York Giants
• Dede Westbrook* WR; Oklahoma / Jacksonville Jaguars