Towles on weekly Hornung Award Honor Roll

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for the first time this season after his performance against No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Wildcats’ sophomore signal caller completed 24 of 43 passes for a career-high 390 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a career-best 76 yards and two additional scores against the Bulldogs.

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One of the nation’s top “big play” quarterbacks, Towles completed three passes of 40 yards or longer and had a career-long 48-yard run.

Towles was joined on the Week 9 honor roll by Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (341 all-purpose yards against Rutgers) and Utah State linebacker/running back Nick Vigil (35 snaps on offense for 51 yards rushing, 12 on defense for six tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, and six on special teams against UNLV). Each of those players have been honored three times this season.

The honor roll and award are conducted by the Louisville Sports Commission, owners and operators of the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football with the winner and his family honored on January 27, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in downtown Louisville.

College football fans nationwide have the opportunity to cast their votes online for the Paul Hornung Award. Fans can vote as often as once every 24 hours at for players who were on the preseason watch list and players who have been named to the Weekly Honor Roll selection. Voting will continue through November 17, 2014. Fans will then have the chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists in a second round of voting in late-November.

Past Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll Selections:

Week One: Ishmael Adams (UCLA), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Frankie Williams (Purdue)

Week Two: Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Shaq Thompson (Washington), Jarvis West (Iowa State)

Week Three: Phillip Dorsett (Miami), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Scott Harding (Hawaii), Christion Jones (Alabama), Shaq Thompson (Washington)

Week Four: Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Alex Ross (Oklahoma)

Week Five: Ishmael Adams (UCLA), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Marcus Murphy (Missouri), Shaq Thompson (Washington)

Week Six: B.J. Catalon (TCU), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)

Week Seven: B.J. Catalon (TCU), Corey Coleman (Baylor), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Nick Vigil (Utah State)

Week Eight: Marcus Murphy (Missouri), Raheem Mostert (Purdue), Chad Voytik (Pittsburgh)

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