LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UCLA freshman Myles Jack was named one of five finalists for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
The announcement for the fourth Paul Hornung Award was made by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Notre Dame and an NFL Most Valuable Player with the Green Bay Packers whose versatility earned his enshrinement in both the college and professional football Halls of Fame. At Notre Dame, Hornung played every position in the offensive backfield, handled punting and placekicking duties, returned kickoffs and started at safety on defense.
Running backs/return specialists Marion Grice (Arizona State University) and Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky University), wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and linebacker/running back Myles Jack (UCLA) were selected as finalists for the award by a vote of 16 Selection Committee Members.
The five finalists combined for 10,101 all-purpose/passing yards and 84 touchdowns this season and led their teams to a collective record of 37-13. Four of their teams are ranked in the BCS and AP Top 25: Texas A&M (No. 12/9), UCLA (No. 14/14), Arizona State (No. 17/19) and LSU (No. 22/18).
Jack, a true freshman who established himself as a rock solid defender through the Bruin's first eight games this year, sent notice that he would be a force on offense in the last two games as well. Jack rushed for 120 yards on his first six carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run to help the injury-depleted Bruins beat Arizona 31-26 on November 9.
On defense, Jack had eight tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, two pass break-ups and recovered a fumble in the UCLA end zone as the Bruins won in Tucson for the first time since 2003. The following week, Jack again excelled on offense and scored four rushing touchdowns - the most in a game for a Bruin freshman - as UCLA stayed in control of its destiny in the Pac-12 South race with a 41-31 victory over Washington. Jack also had five tackles and one pass break-up in stellar duty for the defense against the Huskies.
To date he has 179 yards on 19 carries with five touchdowns. Earlier in the year his interception with 16 seconds left sealed UCLA's 34-27 road win over Utah.
Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award is designed to promote college football and help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky's best-known and accomplished athletes who has always called Louisville home.
Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers, set a single season NFL scoring record that stood 46 years. Hornung is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called Hornung, "The most versatile man ever to play the game." A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 17th vote. All votes are tabulated independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health in late January in downtown Louisville.