Austin named Paul Hornung Award winner

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Tavon Austin has been named the winner of the 2012 Paul Hornung Award today as the most versatile player in major college football, announced by the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung.

About time Austin nabs a major award, most West Virginia fans are likely thinking.

Austin was primarily a receiver before he began lining up in the backfield late in the year in an effort by the coaching staff to just get the ball in the hands of the most talented player on the field.

He amassed 572 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma on Nov. 17 in what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest single performances in West Virginia history.

Austin's final stats:

  • Rushing: 643 yards on 72 carries with three touchdowns
  • Receiving: Caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns
  • Special teams: Had 32 kick returns for 813 yards with a touchdown, and returned 15 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Thoughts from Austin on his award, released in a statement:

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the winner of the prestigious Paul Hornung Award. Whether I am on the field as a receiver, in the backfield or as a returner, I have high expectations for myself, and I have always tried to use my versatility to help my team be successful. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me achieve this honor."

Hornung:  "I like the way Tavon Austin plays the game. He is tough, he generates yardage almost every way possible and has a nose for the end zone. Tavon Austin is a deserving winner of the Paul Hornung Award. We look forward to having him with us at our banquet in Louisville in February."

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