Junior running back Bishop Sankey and junior defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha were named Washington’s most valuable players and junior running back Deontae Cooper was named the most inspirational during the team’s postseason awards banquet Sunday afternoon at Husky Stadium’s Club Husky room.
UW called the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational award the “program’s oldest and most prestigious team award,” and Cooper won it after his comeback from three ACL injuries.
From the UW press release:
Cooper, from Perris, Calif., is in his fourth year at Washington, yet made his long awaited Husky debut after missing each of the previous three seasons due to ACL injuries. He rushed for 270 yards on 43 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Flaherty Award, voted on by the players, was first awarded in 1908 and is given to the team’s most inspirational player. Cooper was also the Husky Lifting Award winner among offensive players for excellence in the weight room.
Sankey, a junior from Spokane, Wash., set numerous UW records this year: single-season rushing yards (1,775), yards per game (147.9), attempts (306) and career rushing touchdowns (36). He ranked second nationally in yards and third in yards per game. The Doak Walker finalist was also first team All-Pac-12 and second team Pac-12 All-Academic.
Kikaha, from Laie, Hawai’i, is a fourth-year junior playing in just his second full season after missing two years due to an ACL injury. He was named second team All-Pac-12 after leading the UW with 10 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and has notched 61 total tackles. Kikaha, a member of the first team All-Pac-12 Academic squad, was also named L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year.
The full list of awards:
Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational
Most Valuable Offensive Player
Most Valuable Defensive Player
Most Valuable Special Teams Player
Don James Perseverance Award
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
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award
Keith Price and Will Shamburger
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
Kevin Smith and Sean Parker
Weight Lifting Awards
Offense: Deontae Cooper
Defense: Taniela Tupou
Construction Crew: Andrew Kirkland
Academic Achievement Award
Kurt Gegner Memorial Award
Equipment: Kiernan Honeycutt
Video: Reid Mayfield
Training Room: Marlee Gross