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Six Named as Hornung's Most Versatile Performer Award
Dwayne Harris - East Carolina
Six players, including two who posted wins over top ten teams this weekend, have been named "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week," it was announced Monday by Paul Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission.
East Carolina's Dwayne Harris and Wisconsin's David Gilreath were instrumental in their team's big victories last Saturday. Harris totaled over 200 all purpose yards again in the EC win over NC St. Gilreath began his impact performance with taking back the opening kickoff for a TD that set the stage for Wisconsin's huge win over then #1 Ohio St.
"The honorees had a huge impact on their games this weekend," said Paul Hornung Award Selection Committee member and former NFL star Sam Madison. "They put up big numbers, touched the ball in numerous ways, broke open a game or scored in key situations."
Wisconsin's David Gilreath picked up the award for the first time this season after helping the Badgers to a convincing win over top ranked Ohio State. He returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown.
"For a coach to have the confidence to let a player touch the ball so many different ways is huge," said Madison. "From practice, to understanding the game plan to executing it on game day is impressive. We've seen this happen consistently with our Top Performers."
The weekly award honorees highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung.
Week Seven Honorees:
East Carolina's Dwayne Harris ran the ball once and had nine receptions for 91 yards in the Pirate's 33-27 overtime win over N.C. State on Oct. 16. Harris also returned three punts for 75 yards and four kicks for 95 yards for a season high 260 all-purpose yards.
Wisconsin's David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown on Saturday to ignite the Badgers' 31-18 win over No. 1 Ohio State. The WR also had one reception for 18 yards, one punt return, and three other kickoff returns for a team high 194 all-purpose yards.
Alabama's Trent Richardson had 11 carries for 50 yards, five receptions for 101 yards with an 85-yard touchdown and three kick returns for 74 yards in a 23-10 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 16. He finished with 220 all-purpose yards.
Kentucky's Randall Cobb had 170 all-purpose yards in a 31-28 win over No. 10 South Carolina, touching the ball five different ways: receiving, rushing, kickoff and punt returns and holding for placements. Cobb had eight carries for 27 yards, eight receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown and six returns for 75 yards. His TD reception and two-point conversion rushing in the final two minutes gave Kentucky its 31-28 final margin.
Indiana's Tandon Doss had eight receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in a 36-34 win over Arkansas State on Saturday, Oct. 16. The WR also four kickoff returns for 121 yards and 4 rushes for 17 yards for a team-high 241 all-purpose yards.
Troy's Jerrel Jernigan had three carries for seven yards, six receptions for 77 yards with a touchdown, a 17-yard kick return and two punt returns for 87 yards, including a 75-yard return for a touchdown in a Oct. 16 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-24. He finished with 188 all-purpose yards.
A weekly, up-to-date rundown of the individual accomplishments of each player on the Watch List can be found on the official website of the Paul Hornung Award at www.paulhornungaward.com.