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December 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Bishop Sankey, Hau’oli Kikaha named UW’s most valuable players, Deontae Cooper most inspirational

Bishop Sankey, right, celebrates winning the 106th Apple Cup with teammates Tre Watson, far left, and Kevin Smith after defeating the Washington State Cougars 27-17 at Husky Stadium on Friday, November 29, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Bishop Sankey, right, celebrates winning the 106th Apple Cup with teammates Tre Watson, far left, and Kevin Smith after defeating the Washington State Cougars 27-17 at Husky Stadium on Friday, November 29, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

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
Deontae Cooper

Most Valuable Offensive Player
Bishop Sankey

Most Valuable Defensive Player
Hau’oli Kikaha

Most Valuable Special Teams Player
Travis Coons

Don James Perseverance Award
Tre Watson

101 Club Academic Award
DiAndre Campbell

John P. Angel Lineman of the Year
Micah Hatchie

L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year
Hau’oli Kikaha

Earle T. Glant Tough Husky
Princeton Fuimaono

Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award
Shaq Thompson

Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award
Keith Price and Will Shamburger

Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad MVP
Lavon Coleman

Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad MVP
Jermaine Kelly

Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad MVP
Azeem Victor

Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman
John Ross

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
Travis Coons

Kurt Gegner Memorial Award
Equipment: Kiernan Honeycutt
Video: Reid Mayfield
Training Room: Marlee Gross

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