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The Louisville Sports Commission says Arizona State University’s (ASU) junior wide receiver Vincentian N’Keal Harry has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll.

Harry, who also returns punts, accounted for 203 all-purpose yards in ASU’s 38-35 recent win at the University of South Carolina (USC), ending the Trojans’ 19-game home winning streak at the Coliseum, ASU said.

It said Harry was responsible for ASU’s first touchdown of the game when he scored on a 44-yard reception.

Then, late in the third quarter with ASU trailing 28-24, ASU said Harry returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown to put the Sun Devils ahead.

Harry’s return was the third-longest in Sun Devil history and the longest since Morris Owens’ school record 95-yard return in 1972, ASU said.

It said Harry also caught four passes for 95 yards and carried the ball twice for five yards.

“The Paul Hornung Award, now in its ninth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung,” ASU said in a statement.

It said the winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner, presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2019.

This will be the Paul Hornung Award’s third year as an associate member of the National College Football Awards Association, ASU said.

It said Texas Roadhouse signed on as presenting sponsor of the Paul Hornung Award in 2011 and will team with the Louisville Sports Commission to “power fan voting again this season.”

ASU said college football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season.

For more information and to vote, go to www.louisvillesports.org/paul-hornung/award-poll/.

Harry, born on Dec. 17, 1997, is an American college football wide receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

According to ASU’s Craig Morgan, Harry’s grandmother brought him from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Phoenix metro area, “with the blessing of his mother, to allow for more opportunity.”

He said Harry tried several sports as a kid; soccer, football and basketball, among others.

“His grandmother had hoped he would choose a less dangerous sport, but agreed to let him play football,” Morgan said, adding that Harry starred at Chandler High School after transferring from Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, earning five star recruiting honors from Rivals.com, and was noted by many recruiting services as one of the top wide receiver recruits in the country.

In his junior season, Harry caught 13 touchdown passes on 30 catches for 657 yards.

In the 2016 season opening game against Northern Arizona University, ASU said Harry became just the ninth true freshman in school history to start a season opener.

In his freshman season, it said Harry posted 58 catches for 659 yards and five touchdowns.

Additionally, ASU said Harry ran for 69 yards and scored twice and completed a 46-yard pass of his own.

For his efforts in his rookie year, 12NEWS.com said Harry was honored by Scout, Football Focus and Campus Insiders as a Freshman All-American.

On Oct., Colin Cowherd said on Twitter that Harry made one of the greatest catches in football history.

“His acrobatic one-handed catch along with a punt return touchdown, helped lead the Sun Devils to a win over the USC Trojans, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest receivers to don an Arizona State uniform,” he said.

Posted 12:00 am, December 23, 2018
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