LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fan voting to select the finalists for the 2011 Paul Hornung Award is now open on Facebook and being powered by Texas Roadhouse and the Louisville Sports Commission. Fans can vote as often as once a day by going to votepaulhornung.com.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Arkansas senior wide receiver Joe Adams was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List prior to the season. In UA’s season-opening 51-7 defeat of Missouri State, the Little Rock, Ark., native tied an SEC record by returning two punts for touchdowns. Adams is the only player in the country with multiple punt return touchdowns this season. His 174 punt return yards against the Bears broke the Arkansas school record and stands as the fourth-highest single-game total in SEC history.
Adams posted the sixth 100-yard receiving game of his career, tied for third-most in school history, in the Razorbacks’ 38-24 defeat of Troy in which he caught eight passes for 109 yards and one touchdown. He currently ranks second in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA with his average of 18.1 yards per punt return. His 12.43 yards-per-touch average ranks fifth in the SEC, and his 115.0 all-purpose yards per game rank 10th in the conference. He also ranks third in the SEC with an average of 5.2 receptions per game.
Adams leads all active SEC players with three career punt return touchdowns. He also has a streak of 38 consecutive games with a catch, covering every game of his collegiate career, that leads all active SEC players and is tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for players on the 2011 Watch List and any player that has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll. Results of the fans’ selection on Facebook will count for one vote, adding to the votes cast by the 16-member Selection Committee.
Fans will also have the chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists in a second round of voting starting December 9.
Texas Roadhouse will reach out to its loyal customer base at more than 350 locations in 46 states, its 600,000 Facebook followers and to college football fans through select grassroots marketing channels to promote the Paul Hornung Award. The Louisville Sports Commission launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by multi-talented college football players that often go unnoticed.
Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.