Andre Carter Wins Cal Football MVP Award

Dec. 3, 2000

Berkeley, CA - Senior All-American defensive end Andre Carter took home several awards, including the Bear Backer Award for the team's Most Valuable Player, at the annual Cal Football team banquet on Sunday night.

Carter, also was earned the Big Hit Award, for most big hits during the season, and shared the Andy Smith Award for most playing time with offensive tackle Mark Wilson, and the Brick Muller Award for most valuable lineman with offensive lineman Reed Diehl.

In addition, Carter was named as one of four captains in a vote by teammates, sharing that honor with Diehl, Chidi Iwuoma and Jacob Waasdorp.

Sophomore Tully Banta-Cain was named the team's Most Improved Lineman and the Outstanding Player in the Big Game. Jacob Waasdorp pulled down Most Inspirational Player honors for the second consecutive season. Mark Wilson was named the team's Most Valuable Freshman Player.

All-America punter Nick Harris was named the team's Most Valuable Special Teams player and the Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award for a player demonstrating oustanding athletic and academic success and community service.Below is a list of all the awards.

2000 Cal Football Team Awards

Bear Backer Award (Most Valuable Player) Andre Carter

Ken Cotton Award (Most Courageous Player) Robert Truhitte

Brick Muller Award (Most Valuable Lineman) Reed Diehl (offense), Andre Carter (defense)

Joe Roth Award (Courage, Attitude & Sportsmanship) Chidi Iwuoma

Bob Tessier Award (Most Improved Lineman) Tully Banta-Cain

Stub Allison Award (Most Inspirational Player) Jacob Waasdorp

Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player) Nick Harris

Bob Simmons Award (Most Valuable Freshman Competitor) Mark Wilson

Dink Artal Award (Player best exemplifying Cal spirit) David Watts

Clint Evans Award (Most Intense Freshman Competitor) Marvin Philip

Cort Majors Award (Captains) Andre Carter, Chidi Iwuoma, Reed Diehl, Jacob Waasdorp

Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (Outstanding Big Game Player) Tully Banta-Cain

Everett Merriman Award (Commitment to Community Service) David Watts

Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (Athletic, Academic Excellence And Community Service) Nick Harris

Andy Smith Award (Most playing time) Andre Carter, Nick Harris

Ken Harvey Award (Academic commitment and improvement) David Watts

Big Hit Award (most big hits during season) Andre Carter

Frank Storment Award (Outstanding student-athlete So. California) Scott Fujita

Tiny Bates Award (Outstanding athlete from Sacramento) Harold Pearson

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