COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S MOST VERSATILE PLAYER
The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission 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 award recognizes college football’s most versatile player.
The Paul Hornung Award winner was chosen from among five finalists by a 17-member national selection committee comprised of sports journalists, coaches and retired NFL players with online fan voting accounting for the 18th vote.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
RONDALE MOORE, WR/RS, PURDUE
Purdue true freshman standout slot receiver/return specialist Rondale Moore, who set a school record for all-purpose yards in his first college game on his way to Big Ten Receiver and Freshman of the Year honors, was named winner of the ninth annual Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung present the award to the most versatile player in major college football.
A sure-hands receiver and elusive runner with breakaway speed, Moore is given high marks by the Big Ten coaches who named him the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year and first team all-conference on offense and special teams.
Following his record 313-all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ opener against Northwestern, Moore quickly became the target of opponents’ defensive game plans. Yet he went on to lead the nation with 103 catches, is fourth in the nation with 2,048 all-purpose yards and leads all Power Five receivers in yards after catch with 882. He leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,164), receiving touchdowns (12) and kickoff return yards (599), and recorded nine games with more than 100 all-purpose yards: Northwestern (313), Missouri (195), Boston College (151), Nebraska (163), Illinois (112), Ohio State (252), Minnesota (183), Wisconsin (174) and Indiana (154).
“It is an honor to win the Paul Hornung Award, and I appreciate the members of the Selection Committee for choosing me,” Moore said. “Individual honors are nice, but football is a team game, and I want to thank my coaches and teammates for their support all season. I know I can get better and become a better all-around player.”
Article excerpts © 2018 Louisville Sports Commission
The 2018 Paul Hornung Award finalists included:
- Penn State – WR/RS K.J. Hamler, redshirt freshman
- Louisiana-Monre –WR/RS Marcus Green, senior
- Arizona State – WR/RS K’Neal Harry, junior
- Michigan State – RB/RS Connor Heyward, sophomore
- Purdue – WR/RS Rondale Moore, freshman