Two Indiana college football players were put on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for 2014. Both Indiana University wide receiver Shane Wynn and Purdue running back Akeem Hunt will be considered for the award.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The nominees were compiled by a panel of college football experts based on their statistics from the 2013 season and expectations heading into the 2014 season.
Other notable names put on the watch list include Ty Montgomery from Standford and Jamarcus Nelson from the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) who were among the top 15 in average yards per game as reported by USA Today. UCLA's Myles Jack, a finalist from last season, is also on the watch list.
Louisville Sports reports the award is named after Paul Hornung, also know as the "Golden Boy," who was a three-sport athlete at Flaget High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He then went on to play college football at the University of Notre Dame. Hornung became a two-time All-American quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner. However, one of Hornungs most memorable achievements came in a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during his junior season. In 1955, Hornung's Fighting Irish trailed the Hawkeyes 14-7 late in the game. Hornung ended up returning a kickoff into scoring position, throwing a long touchdown pass, kicking the extra point, performing the kick off, and making a tackle on the returner at the two-yard line. He also played defense before driving the Irish down the field as quarterback. He then kicked the field goal that gave the Irish a 17-14 victory.
According to WHAS 11 finalists from the 47-player watch list will be voted on by the Paul Hornung Award Selection Committee in late November and the winner will be announced in early December.