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The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Kentucky and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy of Hornung, one of Louisville's native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.[1]

Paul Hornung Award
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Given forThe collegiate American football player adjudged to be the most versatile of all NCAA players
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
CountryUnited States
Presented byLouisville Sports Commission
First award2010
Most recentRondale Moore, Purdue

Eligibility criteriaEdit

To be eligible, a candidate must be in good standing and eligible on his team during the selection process, eligible with the NCAA during the selection process and play significant time during most or all of the season. Decisions regarding status for the award will be made by the Oversight Committee. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following:

  • Playing multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense
  • Playing a significant role on special teams
  • Performing as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense and is used on the other side of the ball in some capacity
  • Making a significant impact during big games and elevating the team's performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Stanford fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic wins first Paul Hornung Award, The Courier-Journal, January 10, 2011
  3. ^ "Georgia's Boykin wins Paul Hornung Award". Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Patterson, Chip. "West Virginia WR/AP Tavon Austin named most versatile player". Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. named 2013 Paul Hornung Award Winner". Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Washington's Shaq Thompson named 2014 Paul Hornung Award winner". Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Peppers Wins 2016 Paul Hornung Award". CBS Interactive. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Purdue freshman Rondale Moore named Paul Hornung Award winner". Lafayette Journal & Courier. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.