Stanford's Marecic wins Paul Horning Award

Stanford's linebacker and fullback Owen Marecic wins the Paul Horning Award for being the most versatile player in college football.

January 10, 2011 10:37:29 PM PST
The college football season comes to a close with the BCS championship game. The final award was also handed out on Monday to Stanford's linebacker/fullback Owen Marecic.

Marecic was selected as the inaugural winner of the Paul Horning Award for college football's most versatile player.

"Very humbled to receive such an honor I think. It's definitely recognition that the entire program deserves," says Marecic.

The senior from Portland was the only player in the college ranks to start on both sides of the ball at fullback and linebacker.

Marecic had 23 carries for 46 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense, and 51 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions on defense. His biggest thrill was against Notre Dame where he ran for a touchdown and had a pick 6, but in his usual humble way, Owen claims this award was for the team.

"There was more pride, responsibility to do whatever the team needed me to do to be successful and that's really what it came down to," says Marecic.

Stanford's academic load is tough enough; add to that offensive and defensive meetings everyday -- that's a full plate.

"It was a bit of a whirlwind at times. It was a lot of meeting time, a lot of time with my nose in the book, but that's what had to be done," said Marecic.

Marecic admitted he had to Google Paul Hornung and hopes to play at the next level, but I can't think of a better person to win this award.

Marecic's football career is over here on the farm as he will graduate this spring in human biology. He is happy that Andrew Luck to return to quarterback and is disappointed that Jim Harbaugh left for the 49ers.

"Without Andrew, I don't think we could have had near the success that we had," says Marecic. And as for coach Harbaugh Marecic says, "Everybody wants him as a coach and he's such a competitor that he has to challenge himself too at the next level."