Dec. 11, 2009
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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin football team held its inaugural Football Awards Show on Friday night at the Kohl Center. Several awards were handed out, with senior tight end Garrett Graham and senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield sharing Team MVP honors.
Graham led the team with seven receiving touchdowns, while finishing second in receptions with 45 and receiving yards with 547. Among tight ends, Graham was tied for fifth nationally, first in the Big Ten, in receptions. Graham’s senior season has catapulted him up the UW record books. He is tied for fifth in school history with 16 career receiving touchdowns, ranks eighth with seven touchdown catches in a season, eighth with 111 career receptions and 13th in school history with 1,415 career receiving yards.
Schofield was a force along the defensive line, tying for second in the NCAA with 22.5 tackles for loss and third in the Big Ten with 10.0 sacks. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, Schofield was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive player. Schofield finished third on the team with 59 tackles.
The Rookie of the Year went to freshman linebacker Chris Borland. He has made his mark on both defense and special teams while becoming the sixth UW player to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors.. Borland led the Badgers in tackles during the Big Ten season with 46, despite starting just the last four games. He tied for the conference lead with three fumble recoveries and tied for second in the league with five forced fumbles. That makes him just the third player in UW history with at least three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in the same season.
Senior Tyler Holland was named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year, while freshman Ethan Hemer was recognized as Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year. Holland was named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, against Michigan and Fresno State. Hemer earned the defensive distinction for the Purdue game this season.
Senior tight end Mickey Turner was named winner of the Ivan B. Williamson Scholastic Award. It is presented annually to a player who has been exemplary in the area of scholarship and sportsmanship. The award is given in memory of Williamson, a former Wisconsin football coach (1949-55) and athletics director (1955-69). Turner, a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, has played in all 12 games this year with six starts, and has caught six passes for 34 yards.
True freshman David Gilbert won the Badger Power Award. It is presented annually to the player that consistently performs at a high level in all aspects of the Strength and Conditioning program, one that has a great work ethic coupled with a positive attitude that garners the respect of teammates, is dependable, buys into the program and shows constant improvement. Gilbert has played in 11 of the team’s 12 games this year and has six tackles and two fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovered for a touchdown against Wofford. He also blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown against Purdue.
The Wayne Souza Coaches’ Appreciation Award was given to junior quarterback Scott Tolzien. The award is presented annually to the offensive football player who has contributed to the team’s success to the best of his abilities. It is based upon improvement, attitude and willingness to help the program in all areas. The award is given in memory of Souza, a UW football letterwinner (1977-78). Tolzien entered this season with eight career passing attempts, but has since rewritten the UW record books. He holds school records for career completion percentage at .635 (min. 300 att.) and career QB efficiency rating of 141.6 (min. 300 att.). His 2,445 passing yards in 2009 ranks third-best for single season in UW history, as does his completion percentage of .636 this season.
Senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden and senior defensive tackle Jeff Stehle shared the Jay Seiler Coaches’ Appreciation Award, which is presented annually to the defensive football player who has contributed to the team’s success to the best of his abilities. It is based upon improvement, attitude and willingness to help the program in all areas. The award is given in memory of Seiler, a former player.
McFadden started all 12 games this season and led the team with 69 tackles. He tied for third with 8.5 TFLs and also recorded 1.0 sacks, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. He was named UW’s co-Defensive Player of the Week against Michigan as he had six tackles, including a career-high 2.5 TFLs.
Stehle also started all 12 games this year. He had 18 tackles, 4.0 TFLs for 20 yards and 3.0 sacks for 16 yards. He broke up two passes over the final two games of the season and had three tackles in a game on four separate occasions.
The Tom Wiesner Award, presented annually to a Wisconsin-born student-athlete whose loyalty, hard work, spirit and dedication are unselfishly directed to the success of the Badger football team, was given to senior safety Chris Maragos. The Racine, Wis., native led the team and was tied for fourth in the Big Ten with four interceptions. In addition, he posted 44 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, one forced fumble and six passes defended. The award is given in memory of Wiesner, a Wisconsin football letterwinner (1958-60).
Senior Will Hartmann was the recipient of the Special Teams Award. It is presented annually to the most valuable player on the special teams as selected by the coaching staff. Hartmann spent time on the kickoff, kick return, punt and punt return units this season. Twice named the UW Special Teams Player of the Week this season, Hartmann saw his regular season cut short after making a tackle on special teams against Michigan and breaking his arm. He totaled a career-high nine tackles this season.
Assistant A.D. of Sports Medicine, Dennis Helwig, was the recipient of The Captains’ Cup. It is presented annually to an individual, other than a player or coach, who has shown tremendous dedication and unselfish commitment toward the betterment of the football program. The recipient is selected by the head coach and team captains. Helwig is in his 34th year at UW.
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