Florida State sophomore cornerback and return specialist Greg Reid set himself apart last season by leading the NCAA in punt returns. He will open the 2010 season as one of 48 candidates for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, which will be presented to the nation's most versatile athlete.
Created by the Louisville Sports Commission, the Hornung Award will honor the Louisville native, who was a three-sport high school star who went on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career at Notre Dame and with the Green Bay Packers. Known as "The Golden Boy," Hornung won the Heisman Trophy and NFL MVP honors in a playing career which was capped by his induction into both the College Football and NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hornung lined up at quarterback, halfback, fullback and safety for the Fighting Irish and also handled punts, kickoffs, field goals and extra points. He played fullback, halfback and quarterback for the Packers and legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who called Hornung, "the most versatile man ever to play the game."
Like Hornung, Reid wears No. 5 for the Seminoles. As a freshman he played in all 13 games and averaged an Football Bowl Subdivision-leading 18.4 yards per punt return, which including a 68-yard touchdown return at Wake Forest. A week later at Maryland his 48-yard punt return set up the game-winning touchdown with 1:14 to play. He also averaged 25.5 yards on kickoff returns.
Playing primarily as a nickel back on defense, he intercepted a pass against Miami in his first college game. Two weeks later he returned an interception against BYU 63 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first time a Seminole returned a punt and an interception for a touchdown in a season since 1992.
Reid earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice during the 2009 season and was ACC Defensive Back of the Week once. The Valdosta, Ga. native was a consensus Freshman All-American.
Reid is expected to start at cornerback for the Seminoles in 2010 and will continue to contribute in the return game. After amassing a team-leading 1,114 all purpose yards without a single yard of offense in 2009, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has said he intends to provide Reid with an opportunity to contribute on offense this season.