In an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, the Louisville Sports Commission declared Cam Skattebo, the former Rio Linda High School and current running back for the Arizona State Sun Devils, as the Paul Hornung National Player of the Week for the second time. Skattebo’s exceptional performance in Arizona State’s 17-7 triumph over UCLA in Week 11 earned him this prestigious recognition. This marks his second selection after previously securing the honor following the Sun Devils’ victory over Washington State.
Skattebo’s versatility and impact on the field have positioned him as a key contender for the Paul Hornung Award, bestowed upon the most versatile player in college football annually. Under the strategic guidance of coach Kenny Dillingham, Skattebo showcased his multifaceted skills, touching the ball 19 times in four different ways during the game against UCLA.
In a standout play during the third quarter, Skattebo executed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Elijhah Badger, ultimately sealing the game for Arizona State. He further solidified the victory with a 17-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Skattebo’s stat line for the game included 12 carries for 61 yards, three receptions, three passes (including a touchdown toss), and a 50-yard punt.
Skattebo’s overall contributions throughout the season highlight his candidacy for the Paul Hornung Award. With 631 rushing yards and eight ground touchdowns, 85 receiving yards with a touchdown, and 23 receptions for 280 yards and another touchdown, he has proven himself as a versatile force on the field. Additionally, Skattebo has taken on punting duties, showcasing an impressive average of 44.0 yards per punt, with notable performances pinning opponents inside the 20.
Notably, Skattebo stands out as one of just two running backs nationally to achieve a passing, receiving, and rushing touchdown, alongside Treshaun Ward of Kansas State. His quarterback skills, demonstrated by a 6-of-9 completion rate for 127 yards and a touchdown, further emphasize his exceptional versatility.
Skattebo’s impact extends beyond offensive prowess; defensively, he boasts a low 12.2 percent stuffing rate on rushing attempts, ranking 18th lowest in FBS. His 46 missed tackles forced and a 30.2 percent first down/TD percentage place him among the top performers in his position nationally. Whether lined up as a wide receiver or contributing to special teams with punting, Skattebo’s all-around excellence positions him as a standout candidate for the prestigious Paul Hornung Award.