WKU football awards

6 12 2010

Per WKU:

 

Bobby Rainey, who leads the nation with 1,649 rushing yards and 340 rushing attempts, was named WKU’s team MVP at the program’s 2010 Football Banquet on Sunday.  Thomas Majors, who posted a team-high 105 tackles to rank fourth in the Sun Belt Conference, was named WKU’s Defensive MVP.

Rainey had a season for the record books in 2010.  The attempts is also a WKU record, while his total rushing yards ranked second on the WKU single-season list — falling 19 shy of the record.  He leads the Sun Belt Conference, and ranks third nationally, averaging 137.42 yards per game.  Rainey’s 1,879 yards from scrimmage represented 49.23 percent of WKU’s 3,817 total team yards.  He hit 100 rushing yards nine times this season, and enters next season with a streak of five straight 100-yard performances.  Rainey accounted for 15 of WKU’s 21 rushing touchdowns on the season, finishing with two scores in six games.

Majors Posted a team-high 105 tackles on the year, giving him over 100 stops on both his seasons at WKU.  His 8.75 tackles per game ranked fourth in the Sun Belt, and tied for 49th in the Football Bowl Subdivision.  He finished with no less than six tackles in a game this season, and had double-digit stops four times.  The Nashville, Tenn., product recorded a team-best 14.5 tackles for loss, which was third in the conference and tied for 34th in the FBS.  His 4.5 tackles for loss against FAU tied for the most in a game by a Sun Belt player this year.  Majors was one of just two Hilltopper defenders to start all 12 games on the season, and his efforts helped lead the Hilltopper defense lead the Sun Belt Conference in total yards (349.4 ypg) and pass defense (184.8 ypg).

The awards given to Rainey and Majors were among 13 total awards distributed at the banquet, which also included individual recognition of all 12 of the team’s departing seniors.

Below is an explanation of each award along with the winner, listed in the order the awards were given:

The Al Almond Memorial Award was founded in the fall of 1968 by the Bowling Green Optimist Club in honor of long time member Al Almond to recognize the Hilltopper Football athlete who most reflects Mr. Almond’s devotion to character, personality, loyalty, ability, service and love of fellow man – PRESTON KING.

The Jimbo DeVries Outstanding Walk-On Award is named for former Hilltopper football player James Stewart “Jimbo” DeVries (1985-1990) who drowned in a tragic diving accident in 1995 – CODY WIDELSKI.

The Offensive Scout Team Award is awarded to the most outstanding offensive scout team player during the season – BRANDON DOUGHTY.

The Defensive Scout Team Award is awarded to the most outstanding defensive scout team player during the season – KETLER CALIXTE.

The Captains Award is a yearly award given to the team’s offensive and defensive captains who have been selected by a team vote during preseason camp – JACK DOYLE (Offense) and JARED CLENDENIN (Defense).

The Scholar Athlete Award is awarded to the player with the highest Grade Point Average on the team who consistently focuses on his academics as well as football – DUSTIN BOYER.

The Mike Ryan Parent Award, initiated after the 2010 season, goes to a player’s parent who exemplifies service and commitment – ELIZABETH AYERS.

The Offensive MVP Award is awarded to the player that has been the most valuable member of the offense during the season – BOBBY RAINEY.

The Defensive MVP Award is awarded to the player that has been the most valuable member of the defense during the season – THOMAS MAJORS.

The Special Teams MVP Award is awarded to the player that has been the most valuable member of the special teams during season – QUINTERRANCE COOPER.

The Jack Harbaugh Leadership Award is awarded to the offensive and defensive player that exemplifies dedication, leadership and ability – SEAN CONWAY (Offense) and JAMARCUS ALLEN (Defense).

The WKU Tough Man Award is awarded to the player that has overcome adversity throughout the year and has continued to help contribute to the WKU football program – MYCHAL PATTERSON.

The Team MVP is awarded to the player that has been the most valuable member of the team during the season – BOBBY RAINEY.

The awards banquet was held at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.

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