The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 10, 2013

WVU's Tavon Austin named winner of Paul Hornung Award

Honor recognizes nation's most versatile college football player


Austin finished eighth in Heisman voting, the same award earned by Paul Hornung in 1956. Following the regular season, Austin was also named an All-America selection by various outlets, including the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly. He was also selected as the Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Year and the Player of the Year by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Baltimore native was a Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Selection on four occasions during the 2012 season and was recognized with the honor once during the 2011 season. The Dunbar High graduate set Maryland High School records for career points (790), touchdowns (123), total offensive yards (9,258) and rushing yards (7,962) during his prolific prep career.

Austin will be honored on Feb. 15, 2013, at the Galt House in downtown Louisville during the annual Paul Hornung Award banquet, sponsored by KentuckyOne Health.

Past Paul Hornung Award finalists are enjoying successful NFL careers, including Kentucky's Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers), Brandon Boykin (Philadelphia Eagles) and Owen Marecic (Cleveland Browns). Stanford linebacker and fullback Marecic won the inaugural award following the 2010 season and Georgia defensive back, running back and return specialist Boykin captured the award last year.

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