Dec. 4, 2011
SEATTLE - Sophomore quarterback Keith Price won the Guy Flaherty Award, the Washington football program's oldest and most prestigious team award, for the second straight season, while Chris Polk, Cort Dennison and Greg Walker won MVP honors at the Husky football team's postseason awards dinner. The dinner, which included coaches, players, family and fans, was held Tuesday evening at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Price, from Compton, Calif., started 11 of 12 games for the Alamo Bowl-bound Huskies, breaking the UW record with 29 touchdown passes. He completed 219-of-325 passes for 2,625 yards and is on pace to set new school records for completion percentage (.674) and pass efficiency (157.91). Price, who fought through a number of injuries during the season, also won the Earle T. Glant Tough Husky Award.
Polk, a junior from Redlands, Calif., was named the Sports Radio KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player for the third straight season. He rushed for 1,341 yards in 2011, making him just the second Husky ever to rush for 1,000 yards or more in three seasons. He broke school records for career carries and 100-yard games and is currently No. 2 on the Huskies' career rushing yards list.
Dennison, a senior from Salt Lake City, won the Sports Radio KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player. The defensive captain finished the regular season as the Pac-12 leader in tackles with 113.
Walker, a senior from Bellflower, Calif., won the Sports Radio KJR Most Valuable Special Teams Player for the second year in a row. A regular on virtually every special teams unit, he finished the regular season with 15 tackles.
Senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.) won the L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award for the second year in a row while senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle), won the John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the Year. He also won it in 2009.
Senior wide receiver Devin Aguilar (Denver, Colo.) was honored with the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award.
The Travis Spring Outstanding Freshmen Award winner was true freshman tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Fox Island, Wash.), and the Husky Fever 12th Man Award was presented to sophomore safety Sean Parker (Los Angeles, Calif.). Senior long snapper Brendan Lopez (Bellevue, Wash.), a two-time first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection, took home the 101 Club Academic Achievement Award.
The Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad Player of the Year went to senior wide receiver Cody Bruns (Prosser, Wash.), who red-shirted the season and will return for a fifth year in 2012.
Freshman safety Travis Feeney (Richmond, Calif.) was named winners of 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 cornerback Marcus Peters (Oakland, Calif.).
Redshirt freshman offensive offensive guard Colin Tanigawa (Los Angeles), senior defensive end Everrette Thompson (Renton, Wash.) and freshman defensive lineman Jarett Finau (Kirkland, Wash.) picked up weightlifting awards while sophomore tailback Jesse Callier (Downey, Calif.) and sophomore linebacker Thomas Tutogi (Chula Vista.) shared the Apple Cup Big Play of the Game Award.
Finally, junior cornerback Desmond Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.) was presented with the Don James Persverance Award and senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was named winner of the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award.
2011 Washington Football Awards
Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational
Sports Radio KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player
Sports Radio KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player
Sports Radio 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
Tyee Sports Council Community Service 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