Tavon Austin, West Virginia¹s all-purpose
running back and kick returner will receive the 2012 Johnny ³The Jet²
Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award
In addition to the award for Austin, Billy Cannon, 1959 Heisman Trophy
winner and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will receive the
Return Specialist Legacy Award.
Cannon played three seasons at Louisiana State University and helped lead
the team to their first football national championship in 1958. His number
20 jersey was the first jersey to be retired in LSU¹s football program.
Keynote speaker for the event will be John M. Heisman, the closest living
relative of college football icon John W. Heisman for whom the Heisman
Trophy is named.
The Johnny ³The Jet² Rodgers Over the Top Award will be presented to the two
outstanding offensive football players in Nebraska. Isaac Aakre of Millard
North, from eastern Nebraska, and Luke McNitt of Kearney, from the western
side of the state were chosen by a panel led by Omaha World-Herald Columnist
The award event benefits the Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation¹s charitable
programs and funds the Johnny Rodgers Career and Technical Education
Scholarship at Metropolitan Community College. The scholarships will fund
technical training for low-income students.
³The Jet² Award is named for Johnny ³The Jet² Rodgers, the 38thHeisman Award
winner and the first Heisman winner from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
According to College Football News, Rodgers is ³the greatest kick returner
in college football history.²
³The Jet² award trophy depicts Rodgers¹ escape from the University of
Oklahoma¹s Greg Pruitt in the 1971 NU/OU ³Game of the Century².
The ³Jet Award² ceremony and banquet is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the
Omaha Hilton located at 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, Neb. Individual tickets are
$100 and tables start at $1,500. The presenting sponsors for the event are
RFD-TV and TD Ameritrade. Travel and Transport is providing travel