USC Football Announces 2000 Player Awards

Dec. 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES--Senior linebacker Zeke Moreno, whose 103 tackles led USC in 2000 for the second consecutive season, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Sunday night (Dec. 17) at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Moreno also was USC's Player of the Game versus Notre Dame after posting a game-high 14 tackles.Sophomore quarterback Carson Palmer was named USC's Player of the Game versus UCLA after completing 26-of-37 passes forcareer highs with 350 yards and 4 TDs in the victory.

Senior tailback Petros Papadakis, who overcame a devastating foot injury in 1999 and returned to run for a team-best 8 touchdowns this season, was named USC's Most Inspirational Player.Defensive tackle Ennis Davis and offensive tackle Brent McCaffrey, a pair of 3-year starting seniors, were named USC's Defensive and Offensive Linemen of the Year, respectively.Junior linebacker Kori Dickerson was USC's Special Teams Player of the Year.

Senior quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst, who had a team-best 3.72 GPA while taking graduate business classes this past fall, received the John Wayne Memorial Scholarship and the Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award.

A complete list of the awards:

Most Valuable Player: linebacker Zeke Moreno

Most Inspirational Player: tailback Petros Papadakis

Linemen of the Year: offensive tackle Brent McCaffrey (offense), defensive tackle Ennis Davis (defense)

Special Teams Player of the Year: linebacker Kori Dickerson

Black Shirt Players of the Year (top scout team players): wide receiver Ryan Kaiser (offense), linebacker Aaron Orndorff (defense)

Player of the Game versus UCLA: quarterback Carson Palmer

Player of the Game versus Notre Dame: linebacker Zeke Moreno

Jack Oakie 'Rise and Shine' Award (longest run of the year): tailback Malaefou MacKenzie (69 yards versus Stanford)

Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (for overall academic achievement): quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst

John Wayne Memorial Scholarship (for the player with aspirations to continue in higher education): quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst

Bob Chandler Award (for the underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): fullback Charlie Landrigan

Team Captains: linebacker Zeke Moreno, tailback Petros Papadakis, center Eric Denmon, defensive tackle Ennis Davis

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