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Indiana football running back Jaylin Lucas added to Paul Hornung Award preseason watch list



Indiana's Jaylin Lucas (12) prepares to run a drill during the first day of fall camp for Indiana football at their practice facilities on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023.

As it was announced per an Indiana football release, sophomore running back/return specialist Jaylin Lucas was selected to the Paul Hornung Award preseason watch list

The award is given to the most versatile player in college football.

This news comes just a few days after it was announced that Indiana football is planning for a football-only weight room facility. 

Jaylin Lucas  is now the fourth Indiana football Hoosier to earn preseason honors following behind James Evans (Ray Guy Award) Kahlil Benson (Allstate AFCA Good Works Team) and Sean Wracher (Patrick Mannelly Award).

Below is the full release.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The most versatile player in major college football is honored with the Paul Hornung Award and Indiana football sophomore Jaylin Lucas is a part of the preseason watch list for the award.

A first-team All-America selection as a true freshman, Lucas was the first Hoosier in program history and first freshman in Big Ten history to earn the conference’s Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year. The running back/return specialist was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with multiple kickoff returns for a touchdown in 2022.

He led the Big Ten in combined kick return yardage (591) and kickoff return yards per game (28.1 ypg) and was among the top 16 in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (85.8 ypg). His game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown at Rutgers was the first kickoff return score at IU since Tevin Coleman in 2012 (at Northwestern). His two kickoff returns each went 90-plus yards and he added a 71-yard touchdown run for three scores of 70-plus yards. He was the first Hoosier since Coleman in 2014 with three 70-yard scoring plays in a single season.

The first-team All-Big Ten selection at kick returner, Lucas rushed for 141 of his 271 yards over his last three games (at Ohio State, at Michigan State, vs. Purdue). His best game from scrimmage came against the Boilermakers with 110 yards rushing on nine carries to go along with five receptions.

The Paul Hornung Award was created by the Louisville Sports Commission in January 2010 with the support of the Golden Boy himself, Paul Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville and member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the number one pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks, and played defensive back. While in the NFL, Hornung was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points, and was named League MVP following the 1961 season.

In the spirit of partnership with Paul Hornung, the LSC oversees and administers all aspects of the Award including budget, selection process, marketing and PR, banquet, trophy, sponsorships, and hospitality. An Advisory Committee comprised of the LSC President and CEO, board leadership, and local business leaders provides guidance to ensure the integrity of the Award.

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