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Tavon Austin Wins Paul Hornung Award


West Virginia senior Tavon Austin will close out his career with another honor for the work he was able to do on the field in his final season with the Mountaineers.

The all-purpose player, who helped rewrite the record books in Morgantown by dazzling fans and opposing defenses with his athleticism and instincts is taking home the third annual Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes the nation's most versatile player.

In his fourth season at WVU, Austin put up numbers in the passing game, the ground game and on special teams that garnered such recognition.

Austin wrapped up his career with 1,289 yards on 114 receptions, his second-straight season with more than 100 catches and 1,000 yards. This year, though, he added the ground game dimension to his repertoire late and the results were eye-opening.

He finished with the team's second-best rushing total, racking up 680 yards on 72 carries for an 8.9 yard-per-carry average. On punt and kick returns, Austin totaled 978 yards with a touchdown in each discipline. Overall, he crossed the goal line 17 times for West Virginia over the course of the 13-game season.

Austin was one of just two players in the nation with over 500 yards in three statistical categories.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the winner of the prestigious Paul Hornung Award," Austin said in a release. "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."

In addition to the final season award, Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung give out a weekly honor to the most versatile player in a given weekend and Austin was on that list four times as a senior.

Austin finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting, which is an award that Paul Hornung himself won in the 1956 season. Hornung starred for Notre Dame before going on to a professional career in the NFL and has since been inducted into both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

"I like the way Tavon Austin plays the game," Hornung said in a statement. "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."

Austin will be honored at the award banquet on Feb. 15 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville.

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