WEEK 4: Three Watch List Players and One True Freshman Excelled in Week Four Contests
Players from Pac-12, AAC and ACC Earn Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll
Louisville, Ky. – September 26, 2016 – Week Four brought three familiar faces and one true freshman to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. Victor Bolden Jr. of Oregon State made his first appearance after being named to the 2015 and 2016 Watch Lists; Quadree Henderson made it onto the Honor Roll for the second time this season in the gritty, last-minute loss to North Carolina; Christian McCaffrey made it onto the Honor Roll for the third consecutive week in the comeback win on the road against UCLA; and true freshman D’Eriq King of Houston broke a school record accounting for scores three different ways in a single game in the Cougars’ victory over Texas State.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is annually awarded to the most versatile player in major college football. For the first time in its seven-year span, the Paul Hornung Award is an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The winner of this year’s award and his family will be honored on March 7, 2017, at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky.
Week Four Honorees:
Oregon State’s Victor Bolden Jr. earned the Honor Roll for the first time by registering 284 all-purpose yards touching the ball four different ways in the Beavers’ tough 38-24 home loss to Boise State. Rushing, catching and returning punts and kicks, Bolden Jr. played a part in each of the Beavers’ scoring drives, and his 99-yard kickoff return for a score with three minutes remaining brought OSU back to within two scores after they trailed 31-7 at the half.
Pitt’s Quadree Henderson racked up 249 all-purpose yards rushing, receiving, and returning kicks and punts in the Panther’s heartbreaking 37-36 loss to ACC rival North Carolina. He carried the ball nine times for 107 yards (11.9 yards-per-carry), caught three passes and his five kickoff returns and three fair catches on punts set up the Pitt offense with great field position on multiple scoring drives.
Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey turned in a workmanlike performance with 165 all-purpose yards and numerous big plays in a 22-13 comeback victory at UCLA. He carried the ball 26 times for 138 yards and caught two passes and accounted for eight first downs, including a four-yard run to the eight yard line on third and three to set up the Cardinal winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. His two fair catches and 14-yard kickoff return on a pooch kick provided valuable field position in the low-scoring win for Stanford.
Houston’s D’Eriq King, a true freshman, became the first player in Houston history to throw, catch and return a kick for a touchdown in a single game in the Cougars 64-3 win over Texas State. He touched the ball five different ways and had 248 all-purpose yards: he caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown; carried the ball once for 27 yards; threw a 15-yard touchdown pass; returned two kicks for 165 yards, including a 99-yard score; and returned three punts for 16 yards.
Past Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll Selections
Week One: Thomas Sperbeck (Boise State), Brandon Wilson (Houston), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Isaiah McKenzie (Georgia)
Week Two: Quadree Henderson (Pitt), Kalen Ballage (Arizona State), KaVontae Turpin (TCU)
Week Three: Janarion Grant (Rutgers), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Isaiah McKenzie (Georgia), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)