From the desk of Mark Cohen:
The Louisville Sports Commission has announced TCU tailback B.J. Catalon as one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, presented to college football's most versatile player.
Catalon is one of just two players nationally to score touchdowns this season via rushing, receiving and a kickoff return. Catalon tops the Horned Frogs with 113.8 all-purpose yards per game to go with his team-best 12 touchdowns, including 10 rushing, one receiving and a 94-yard kickoff return at Baylor.
A junior from Houston, Catalon has topped the 100-yard mark in rushing in three of his last six games. His 493 yards for the season, on a 5.0 per carry mark, place third on TCU. He has 14 receptions while averaging a team-best 31.8 yards on kickoff returns.
Catalon is one of five active players with 1,500 career yards rushing (1,644) and 900 in kickoff returns (997). He needs just three kickoff return yards to become the fifth player in Big 12 history to reach 1,500 career yards rushing and 1,000 in kickoff returns.
Catalon ranks third nationally this season for the fewest rushing yards (493) by a player with at least 10 touchdown runs.
Former TCU great and now New York Jet Jeremy Kerley was a 2010 finalist for the Paul Hornung Award.