CLEMSON, S.C. — The Louisville Sports Commission announced Thursday that Clemson running back Will Shipley has been named as one of four finalists for this year’s Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player.
Shipley, a four-time Hornung Award Honor Roll selection this season, has recorded three games with 175 or more all-purpose yards this season and stands with Texas A&M’s Devon Achane as the only players in the country with 800+ rushing yards, 150+ receiving yards and 200+ kickoff return yards this season. Shipley joins Travis Etienne (2020) as the only Clemson players to be selected as a Paul Hornung Award finalist since the award’s inception in 2010.
To supplement the selection committee’s consideration of Shipley’s candidacy, fans are encouraged to vote for Shipley for the award at louisvillesports.org/paul-hornung/award-poll.
More information from the Louisville Sports Commission is included below.
Shipley carries the load for the Tigers at running back while also playing slot, wide receiver, H-back and returning kickoffs.
He averages 47 snaps per game, has four 100+ rushing games, averages 26.4 yards per kickoff return and is second in the ACC and 20th nationally in all-purpose yards per game with 131.4. He is one of two FBS players with 800 yards rushing, 150 yards receiving and 150 return yards.
Shipley had a career-high 248 all-purpose yards versus Florida State, including a 69-yard kickoff return to open the second half that set up what proved to be the winning score; and he was Mr. Everything versus Syracuse: played 60 snaps, touched the ball 32 times three different ways for 242 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring run that proved to be the game-winner.