WVU's Austin wins national versatility award

Tavon Austin won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Thursday.

He was one of just two players nationally with at least 500 yards in three statistical categories. Austin had 1,287 receiving yards, 652 rushing yards and 813 kick return yards.

His 111 receptions were also third nationally.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the winner of the prestigious Paul Hornung Award," Austin said in a release. "Whether I am on the field as a receiver, in the backfield or as a returner, I have high expectations for myself, and I have always tried to use my versatility to help my team be successful. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me achieve this honor."

Austin is the first Big 12 player to win the award, which began in 2010. Georgia's Brandon Boykin won the award last year for his efforts as a cornerback and return man.