UCLA linebacker Myles Jack earns Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 1 in college football

September 9, 2015

For the first time in the six-year history of the Paul Hornung Award, three defensive players have been named to the Award's Weekly Honor Roll:  LB Myles Jack (UCLA), DT Robert Nyemdiche (Ole Miss), and DB William Lucky (Maryland). QB / HB Braxton Miller (Ohio State) joined the defensive trio on the Honor Roll as well.

The Paul Hornung Award is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Week One Honorees:

UCLA's Myles Jack, a 2013 Paul Hornung Award Finalist at LB / RB, showed his versatility in a 34-16 win over Virginia by recording his 11th offensive touchdown of his career and playing linebacker on defense. Jack's one-yard touchdown in the third quarter helped the Bruins pull away from the Cavaliers with a 24-9 lead and win the home team's fifth-straight season opener at the Rose Bowl. Additionally, Jack had seven tackles on defense, which assisted in keeping Virginia under 100 net rushing yards for the game.

Maryland's CB William Likely returned eight punts for 233 yards (29.1 avg.), surpassing a Big Ten record that stood since 1939. Likely also returned two kickoffs for 63 yards giving him 296 all-purpose yards for the day. The highlight of his virtuoso performance returning the football was a 67-yard punt return for touchdown. On defense, Likely had four tackles, including one tackle for a loss of a yard, and made two pass breakups.

Ohio State's Braxton Miller, a 6-2, 225 QB/ HB, scored twice in the third quarter at two different positions during the Buckeye's 42-17 win at Virginia Tech. Miller caught a 54-yard TD pass at wide receiver for what proved to be the winning score and moments later made an electrifying 53-yard TD run at quarterback to put the game out of reach. Miller gained 140 all-purpose yards at WR, HB and QB with six carries for 62 yards rushing and one TD and two receptions for 78 yards and a TD.

Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-4, 296 pound defensive tackle contributed to Ole Miss' 76-3 onslaught against UT Martin catching a touchdown from QB Ryan Buchanan. Nkemdiche, who was lined up at tight end, rumbled 31 yards to the end zone to put the Rebels up 34-0 in the second quarter. It was Nkemdiche's first career reception and touchdown. From his DT position, he added three tackles, a blocked field goal and a QB hit.

By Staff of the TheDailySportsHerald.com

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