The Washington Huskies held their post-season awards dinner tonight.
As reported by the school, junior quarterback Jake Locker won the Guy Flaherty Award, the Washington football program’s oldest and most prestigious team award, while Chris Polk, Donald Butler and Erik Folk won MVP honors. The dinner, which included coaches, players, family and fans, was held Wednesday evening at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Locker, from Ferndale, Wash., returned from an injury-shortened 2008 season to start every game of the 2009 season at quarterback. He completed 230 of 394 passes for 2,800 yards, third-most in UW history. He threw for 21 touchdowns while also rushing for 388 yards and seven scores.
Polk, a redshirt freshman from Redlands, Calif., was named the 950 KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player. Polk became the first freshman in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,113, seventh-most in school history. Butler, a senior captain from Sacramento, Calif., led the team with 94 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss to win the 950 KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player award. Folk, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., connected on 18 of 21 field-goal attempts and led the team with 89 points to win the 950 KJR Most Valuable Special Teams Player award.
Senior defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, from Waikola, Hawai’i, won the L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award for the second straight season. He led the Dawgs with 11 sacks and finished his career with a school-record 30 sacks. Sophomore guard Senio Kelemete, in his first year on the offense after having played defensive tackle in 2008, won the John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Junior linebacker Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.) took home the Earle Glant Tough Husky Award while junior safety Victor Aiyewa (Fresno, Texas) was honored with the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award, for a hit during a kickoff return during the Notre Dame game.
The Travis Spring Outstanding Freshmen Award winner was true freshman cornerback Desmond Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.). The Husky Fever 12th Man Award was presented to senior safety Jason Wells (LaVerne, Calif.) while senior fullback Paul Homer (Omaha, Neb.) took home the 101 Club Academic Achievement Award.
The Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad Player of the Year went to freshman quarterback Keith Price (Compton, Calif.) while freshman linebacker Tim Tucker (Harbor City, Calif.) was announced as the Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad Player of the Year. The Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad Player of the Year Award was presented to freshman tailback Cole Sager (Burlington, Wash.).
Finally, several new awards were presented this year by first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. Junior center Ryan Tolar (Pasco, Wash.), Te’o-Nesheim and sophomore fullback Tobias Togi (Seattle) picked up weightlifting awards while sophomore receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.) won the Apple Cup Big Play of the Game award.
The Kurt Gegner Memorial Award was presented to Joseph Wood, a student assistant on the Husky equipment room staff, and Elise Becker, a member of the athletic training department’s student staff.
Here is the complete list of the winners:
Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational
950 KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player
950 KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player
950 KJR Most Valuable Special Teams Player
101 Club Academic Award
John P. Angel Lineman of the Year
L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year
Earle T. Glant Tough Husky
Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award
Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad MVP
Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad MVP
Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad MVP
Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman
Husky Fever 12th Man Award
Weight Lifting Awards
Offense: Ryan Tolar
Defense: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
Construction Crew: Tobias Togi
Apple Cup Big Play of the Game
Kurt P. Gegner Memorial Award