Football Announces Team Awards
Dec. 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford Football honored its best and brightest at its annual awards dinner on Sunday with Heisman Trophy candidate Toby Gerhart leading the charge with Irving S. Zeimer Memorial Team MVP honor for the second straight year. Gerhart was also named Stanford's “Man of the Year”, recognizing a member of the football program “contributing to the overall greatness of Stanford Football.”
Greg Roman was presented with the “Bill Walsh Assistant Coach of the Year Award,” which recognizes a member of the coaching staff who demonstrates a special dedication to the coaching profession through his work ethic, attitude and productivity. Roman, the team's tight ends, offensive tackles and running game coordinator, paved the way for the nation's top rusher as well as a school-record for rushing, breaking a total that has stood since the Truman Administration in 1949.
Senior quarterback Tavita Pritchard was named the recipient of the “Al Masters Award,” honoring the player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates. After starting 19 games in his career, including the upset win at USC two years ago at the Coliseum, Pritchard served as the backup to Andrew Luck, still earning the respect of his teammates.
Fullback Owen Marecic, who started both ways in one game and was the fullback in front of Gerhart all season, earned the “Jack Huston Award,” awarded to the player exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts.
Center Chase Beeler earned “The Tommy Vardell Award” for excellence in both academics and athletics.
Jim Dray earned the “Jim Reynolds Award,” presented to the senior whose “courage on the field is an inspiration to all”. Dray also earned the “Team Technician Award,” given to the player with a positive attitude and consistent commitment to strength and conditioning. Dray suffered a serious knee injury against TCU in 2007 and it was believed that he may not be able to play again. He ended up coming back in 2008 and put together a fantastic season in 2009.
Linebacker Shayne Skov, who moved into the starting lineup midway through the season earned the “Menlo-Atherton Trophy” for top the freshman; redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck was awarded the “Deswarte-Eller Award” for the top second year player, as he led the Cardinal to an 8-4 regular season record; and leading receiver Ryan Whalen garnered the “Gundelach Award,” named for the top junior.
On special teams, Chris Owusu, one of the toughest kick returners to rangle, running three kickoffs back for a touchdown this season and kicker Nate Whitaker, who kicked a 54-yarder during the season and didn't miss a PAT all season, were named the recipients of the “Phil Moffat Award,” presented to the two most outstanding special teams players.
Assistant Strength and Condition Coach Kevin Tolbert and Marecic earned the “Blue Collar Award,” awarded to a player and a member of the staff for tremendous work ethic, productivity and 'blue collar' attitude.
Chris Marinelli earned the Frank Rehm Award, presented to the outstanding lineman in the Big Game, while Delano Howell, with a career-best 15 tackles against Cal, was honored as the top defensive back.
Team Awards for Stanford Football in 2009
Irving S. Zeimer Memorial Award (MVP)-- Toby Gerhart
Stanford Football Man of the Year Award -- Toby Gerhart
The Vardell Award (academics and athletics)-- Chase Beeler
Team Technician Award (strength and conditioning)-- Jim Dray
Menlo-Atherton Trophy (freshman)-- Shayne Skov
Dewsarte-Eller Award (sophomore)-- Andrew Luck
Gundelach Award (junior)-- Ryan Whalen
Jim Reynolds Award (senior)-- Jim Dray
Frank Rehm Award (Big Game)-- Delano Howell (back), Chris Marinelli (lineman)
Phil Moffatt (special teams)-- Chris Owusu, Nate Whitaker
Greg Piers Award (outstanding scout team players)-- Andrew Stutz (offense), Jacob Gowan (defense), Brent Seals (special teams)
Al Masters Award (leadership/respect)-- Tavita Prichard
Jack Huston Award (unheralded efforts)-- Owen Marecic
Blue Collar Award (dedication and work ethic)-- Kevin Tolbert (staff), Owen Marcecic (player)
Bill Walsh Assistant Coach of the Year Award (assistant)-- Greg Roman