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Fan Voting for Paul Hornung Award Finalists Now Open

Nov 16, 2015 Website Enables Fan Input


Louisville, KY - October 27, 2015 - College football fans nationwide have the opportunity to cast their votes online for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fans can vote as often as once every 24 hours at


Results of the fans' selection will count for one vote, adding to the votes cast by the 16-member Paul Hornung Award National Selection Committee.


The Paul Hornung Award and online voting is powered by Texas Roadhouse. The winner and his family will be honored on February 25, 2016, at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY.


Fans can vote for players who were on the preseason watch list and players who have been named to the Weekly Honor Roll selection. The preseason watch list contained 44 versatile players from across the country who were named to the list following an extensive evaluation period that included nominations from sports information directors and analysis of past performance. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances throughout the season by FBS football players nationwide.


"College football fans cast nearly 100,000 votes last year for the Paul Hornung Award," said Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt. "College football fans have strong connections to their favorite players and are interested in seeing them succeed in the voting polls. We believe fan participation in the voting process will continue to increase as the Paul Hornung Award gains in stature and recognition."


Voting will continue through November 17, 2014. Fans will then have the chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists in a second round of voting in late November.


The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son, and to recognize and reward high-level achievers in college football whose performances and contributions as versatile players often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams; Tavon Austin of West Virginia won the award in 2012 as one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns); Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU won the award in 2013 after finishing 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; and Shaq Thompson of Washington won the award in 2014 as a two-way player, earning first team All-America honors at linebacker and finishing as the Husky's second-leading rusher at tailback.