ULM’s Marcus Green named Paul Hornung Award Finalist
MONROE, La. – ULM fifth-year senior Marcus Green, who has produced four scoring plays of 69 yards or more in 2018, has been named one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse to college football’s most versatile player. His total ranks second among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, trailing only the Illini’s Reggie Corbin who has five TD runs of at least 69 yards.
Selected by a 17-member committee, other finalists for the 2018 Paul Hornung Award include: Penn State freshman wide receiver/return specialist KJ Hamler, Arizona State junior wide receiver/return specialist N’Keal Harry, Michigan State sophomore running back/return specialist Connor Heyward and Purdue wide receiver/return specialist Rondale Moore. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Fan voting for the winner, powered by Texas Roadhouse, opens Nov. 8 and continues through Dec. 3 at http://www.louisvillesports.org/paul-hornung/award-poll/
and will count as the 18th vote. Fans can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite candidate among the five finalists.
The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Green leads ULM in receptions (36), receiving yards (688), yards per catch (19.1) and touchdown receptions (7). Green ranks among the Sun Belt leaders in TD receptions (second), receiving yards per game (second at 76.4) and receptions (ninth at 4.0 per game). He also ranks third in the league in all-purpose yards, averaging 123.1 per game.
In addition, he leads ULM with 17 explosive plays (20-plus yards), including 10 receptions, five kickoff returns, one rush and one punt return. His nine receptions of 30 or more yards are tied for ninth in the NCAA FBS.
“There’s no question that Marcus Green is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in college football,” ULM head coach Matt Viator said. “He’s a legitimate home-run threat every time he touches the football.
“With opponents limiting his kick returns this season, Marcus has been provided more opportunities to showcase his abilities as a receiver and ball carrier. He’s a precise route runner with great hands, but it’s his ability to make things happen after the catch the makes him special. When Marcus catches the ball in space or turns the corner on a jet sweep, he has a chance to take it to the end zone.”
Green, who recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and eighth of his career with two receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns in ULM’s 44-25 win over Georgia Southern, has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 10. Green caught a pair of slants from Caleb Evans and turned them into scoring plays of 80 and 69 yards.
The Pontotoc, Mississippi, native accounted for 178 all-purpose yards in ULM’s 45-20 victory at Coastal Carolina and was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 7. Green averaged 19.8 yards on nine touches against CCU. He had five receptions for 111 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown grab from Evans in the second quarter. His 17-yard punt return in the second quarter set up a field goal, and his 33-yard reception in the third quarter led to ULM’s fourth TD.
Green was selected Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter at Ole Miss. It marked Green’s first career punt return for a TD and his fifth career kick return for a score (four kickoff returns). He accounted for a season-high 198 all-purpose yards against the Rebels (seven receptions for 60 yards, three kickoff returns for 67 yards and one punt return for 71 yards).
Green had a team-high four catches for 75 yards at Texas A&M.
He caught a team-high four passes for 96 yards in ULM’s 21-20 victory at Southern Miss, including TD receptions of 49 and 4 yards.
Green had seven receptions for 99 yards in ULM’s 34-31 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the 2018 season opener, including TD grabs of 3 and 79 yards.
Presented annually since 2010, the award is named in honor of “The Golden Boy” Paul Hornung, who won the 1956 Heisman Trophy as a senior at Notre Dame. Hornung, an outstanding all-around athlete who played quarterback, left halfback, fullback and safety for the Fighting Irish, remains the only player from a losing team (Notre Dame went 2-8 in 1956) to capture the Heisman Trophy. As a senior, he ranked second nationally in total offense with 1,337 yards and scored 56 points. The Louisville, Kentucky, native was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1985.
Hornung became the first overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He spent nine seasons with the Packers (1957-62; 1964-66), winning four NFL Championships and the first Super Bowl. Hornung accounted for 5,822 combined yards (rushing, passing, receiving and kickoff returns) and 62 combined touchdowns. Hornung led the NFL in scoring for three-straight seasons from 1959-61 and accounted for 19 points against the New York Giants in the 1961 NFL Championship Game. His career rushing totals included 3,711 yards and 50 TDs. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (1959-60) and two-time First-Team All-Pro (1960-61), Hornung was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
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