LOUISVILLE - As the race for bowl positioning continues, the race for the Paul Hornung Award is heating up. Nearly 25,000 votes have been cast online for the award online, and two new individuals that are among this week's Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll selections will have their chance to climb the ranks. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances throughout the season by FBS football players nationwide.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Two members of this week's Honor Roll took a break from the rigors of conference play as their teams faced non-conference foes. Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks helped the Bulldogs carve out an easy victory over Sun Belt Conference foe Middle Tennessee while Toledo's Bernard Reedy had the game-winning points against Big East Conference foe Cincinnati.
In addition, TCU's Skye Dawson made major contributions against Texas Tech. TCU is the home of 2010 Paul Hornung Award finalist Jeremy Kerley.
Fans can now vote for the Paul Hornung Award finalists at www.votepaulhornung.com, powered by Texas Roadhouse. All individuals that were on the preseason watch list or are selected as a Weekly Honor Roll selection are eligible for the fan voting. Fan voting counts as an additional vote on the selection committee.
Week Eight Honorees
Past Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Selections
Week One: Giovani Bernard (North Carolina), Matt Brown (Temple), Marqise Lee (USC) and Venric Mark (Northwestern).
Week Two: Venric Mark (Northwestern), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and Steven Manfro (UCLA).
Week Three: Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky), De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon) and Duke Johnson (Miami).
Week Four: Duke Johnson (Miami) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
Week Five: Dri Archer (Kent State), Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) and Jamal Miles (Arizona State).
Week Six: Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Venric Mark (Northwestern), Dri Archer (Kent State) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
Week Seven: Dri Archer (Kent State), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and Jerry "BooBoo" Gates (Bowling Green).
Week Eight: Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Skye Dawson (TCU) and Bernard Reedy (Toledo).