Paul Hornung Award
Awarded 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 recentTravis Hunter, Colorado

The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission in Louisville, Kentucky, with the support of Paul Hornung, a 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]

Eligibility criteria

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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:


Year Player Positions School
2010 Owen Marecic FB, LB Stanford[2]
2011 Brandon Boykin WR, CB, RS Georgia[3]
2012 Tavon Austin WR, RB, RS West Virginia[4]
2013 Odell Beckham Jr. WR, RS LSU[5]
2014 Shaq Thompson RB, LB, S Washington[6]
2015 Christian McCaffrey RB, RS Stanford[7]
2016 Jabrill Peppers QB, WR, RB, LB, DB, RS Michigan[8]
2017 Saquon Barkley RB, RS Penn State
2018 Rondale Moore WR, RS Purdue[9]
2019 Lynn Bowden QB, WR, RS Kentucky[10]
2020 DeVonta Smith WR, RS Alabama
2021 Marcus Jones WR, CB, RS Houston[11]
2022 Jack Colletto QB, FB, LB, ST Oregon State[12]
2023 Travis Hunter WR, CB Colorado[13]


  1. ^ "Overview and Mission | the Paul Hornung Award". Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  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.
  10. ^ "Kentucky's Lynn Bowden Jr. Named 2019 Paul Hornung Award Winner Presented by Texas Roadhouse" (Press release). Louisville Sports Commission. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "HOUSTON'S MARCUS JONES NAMED 2021 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER" (Press release). Louisville Sports Commission. December 8, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "JACK COLLETTO NAMED 2022 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER" (Press release). December 7, 2022. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "Travis Hunter Wins Paul Hornung Award As Nation's Most Versatile Player" (Press release). December 6, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.