Myles Jack misses out on Paul Hornung Award

Myles Jack is not the most versatile player in college football. At least, not according the Paul Hornung Award selection committee.

LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took the honor Friday morning, his 2,222 all-purpose yards pushing him past the UCLA linebacker/running back. He was the only semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best receiver, who also ranked top-15 nationally in kick returns (26.87 per, for a total of 806). The junior also played the role of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel leading up to the Tigers’ 34-10 win over the Aggies.

Jack was the the first player to ever win both Pac-12 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. He scored seven rushing touchdowns, all in the last four games — a limited stretch may have hurt him in Paul Hornung voting. He was also a defensive stalwart all year, notching 70 tackles — five for loss — an interception and two fumble recoveries. His 10 pass breakups are tied for first among the nation’s linebackers, and tied for second at all positions in the Pac-12.

He was the most notable two-way player since Stanford’s Owen Marecic, the inaugural Paul Hornung winner, manned both linebacker and fullback in 2010.

As impressive as Beckham’s numbers are, he has more recent company. He was one of three receivers who topped 2,000 all-purpose yards this season, behind Georgia State’s Albert Wilson (2,283) and Stanford’s Ty Montgomery (2,093). Beckham also didn’t score on any returns; Montgomery found the end zone twice, making him one of just five players in the country to return multiple kickoffs for touchdowns.

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  • Bruin 34

    The Pac 12 has gotten screwed with National awards Heisman invites. What an effing joke!

    • sam

      Who cares about this award? We lost the ASU game because Mora was getting a little too fancy and only played Myles at RB. Taylor Kelly ran all over us – imagine if we had had Myles’ athleticism in the linebacking corps that night? I’d rather have him only play defense.

      • Bruin 34

        I’d rather defense too bud. But Mora did what he thought was best. Our running back core was depleted. We are a young team and the reason we lost was because of that and the first half. I love Mora and our staff. I have no complaints. When you rebuild a program you deal with these Minor issues.