LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rondale Moore, the former Trinity High School football star who took his talents to Purdue, was named the winner of the Hornung Award on Wednesday morning.
The award is given to college football’s most versatile player, and is presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung himself will present the award to Moore at the annual banquet at the Galt House hotel in downtown Louisville in March.
Moore put himself on the map in his first game as a true freshman this season. He racked up 313 yards and scored two touchdowns in a nationally-televised loss to Big Ten rival Northwestern. Since then, the electrifying wide receiver/kick returner compiled a highlight reel seemingly every Saturday for the Boilermakers, who finished the regular season 6-6 and will play in a bowl game for the second straight year under coach Jeff Brohm, also a Trinity graduate.
In another nationally-televised Big Ten matchup, Moore totaled 252 yards and two more scores in a rout of then-No. 2 Ohio State, a result that kept the 12-1 Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff.
“It is an honor to win the Paul Hornung Award, and I appreciate the members of the Selection Committee for choosing me,” Moore said in a statement. “Individual honors are nice, but football is a team game, and I want to thank my coaches and teammates for their support all season. I know I can get better and become a better all-around player.”
Moore led the country with 103 catches and finished fourth in the nation with 2,048 yards.
“We are extremely proud of Rondale and want to thank the Paul Hornung Award and the Louisville Sports Commission for this tremendous honor,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said in a statement. “We knew Rondale was a special talent from the moment he first stepped on campus. Like Paul Hornung, Rondale is a threat in so many ways on the field and brings a real excitement and electricity whenever he touches the ball.”