Kentucky junior Randall Cobb was among three finalists named Friday for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award that will be presented to the most versatile player in major college football.
The other finalists are Stanford fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic of Stanford and Texas Christian wide receiver/kick return specialist Jeremy Kerley.
The Louisville Sports Commission created the award in January 2010 in an effort to recognize college football's most versatile student-athlete and to preserve the legacy of Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville who is enshrined in both the College Football and National Football League Halls of Fame.
"Each finalist demonstrated his desire to do whatever his coaches asked to help win football games," said Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and a four-time NFL champion with the Green Bay Packers in the early 1960s. "These guys can run, catch, pass, block, play defense or anchor special teams, and they do it in the big games against the best teams. I am a big fan of all three."
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Cobb led Southeastern Conference receivers with 79 catches for 955 yards and seven touchdowns this season. At quarterback in the Wildcat formation, Cobb rushed for 401 yards and five touchdowns and threw for three more scores. He also returned a punt for a TD, threw and ran for two-point conversions and set Kentucky's career record for touchdowns.
Cobb was named to the All-SEC first team as all-purpose player and is the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to rank first or second on his team in rushing, receiving and passing. Cobb led the SEC and ranked second in the nation in all-purpose yards with averages of 182.7 yards a game and 11.9 yards per play.
The award was voted on by a national selection committee of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars. The winner will be announced in January at the conclusion of the bowl schedule.
UK's Davis honored
UK senior offensive lineman Marcus Davis has been named to the SEC's 16th annual Football Community Service Team. The team consists of one student-athlete from each SEC school, nominated by his school's personnel, who has devoted himself to community service.
Other players on the team include Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams and Auburn defensive lineman Zach Clayton.
Davis has been active in Lexington and around the world. During spring break 2010, he went on a mission trip to Nicaragua on behalf of Athletes in Action. In Lexington, Davis volunteers one day a week at Lighthouse Ministries, which gives shelter to the homeless and those going through rehabilitation.
Davis also has participated in a service event at Johnson Elementary School and been a part of Read Across America. This fall, Davis joined several teammates on the Christian Appalachian Project, helping load trucks of furniture and other necessary items for Eastern Kentucky flood victims.