The Paul Hornung Award honors the most versatile player in college football. And if you're looking for versatility look no further than Oregon State's Victor Bolden and Seth Collins.
Victor Bolden, Oregon State's talented senior wide receiver has done it all for the Beavers throughout his college career. He's amassed 124 receptions for 1321 yards, 67 carries for 398 yards, 86 kick/punt returns for 1900 yards and 8 total touchdowns during his career in Corvallis.
He's expected to be a big offensive weapon for the Beavers and will also field kick and punt returns this year. Recently, at Pac-12 Media Day Gary Andersen challenged Victor Bolden to be a "difference maker in this league". He also went on to say that he expects he will be.
Seth Collins was also named to the Hornung watch list. Seth Collins was Oregon State's starting QB for much of last year. In 8 games he threw for 935 yards and 6 touchdowns. Collins also utilized athleticism to rush for 575 yards and 8 TD's. After battling with injuries and losing his starting job, Seth Collins flirted with the idea of transferring to Northern Illinois but has decided to return to Oregon State and should play a big role on offense.
Collins has been busy learning his new position(s) and should line-up all over the field offensively for the Beavers. Danny Moran, from the Oregonian recorded Gary Andersen's thoughts on Seth Collins at Pac-12 Media Day, "We expect Seth to be a big part of our offense, and he will be an inside receiver, he will be an outside receiver. He'll line up at running back. He'll come in as a fly sweep guy at times..." Andersen even went on to say there's a good chance Collins could line up as quarterback in a wildcat-type situation.
It'll be difficult for either player to surpass last years Hornung Award winner, Christian McCaffrey. The Stanford running back broke Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yardage and was a Heisman trophy finalist. Regardless its a nice acknowledgment of Collins and Bolden's talent and versatility. And it should be exciting to see how the coaching staff utilizes both of them on offense this upcoming season.