Boller, Banta-Cain Named Football Team's MVPs
Nov. 25, 2002
BERKELEY - Quarterback Kyle Boller, the schoolï¿½ï¿½s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, and end Tully Banta-Cain, the Bearsï¿½ï¿½ No. 3 career sack man, were named team offensive and defensive most valuable players at the University of California football banquet, which was held at the Oakland Marriott Sunday night.
Boller, who also finished his career as Calï¿½ï¿½s No. 2 career passer with 7,980 yards, threw 64 TD passes in his four years at Berkeley to set a school mark and rank seventh on the Pac-10 all-time list. Banta-Cain, whose 13 sacks this season came within one-half sack of the Bearsï¿½ï¿½ single season mark of 13.5 set by Andre Carter in 2000, pillaged opposing quarterbacks for 26.5 sacks during his career.
Tailback Joe Igber, who rushed for a Big Game record 226 yards in Saturdayï¿½ï¿½s season finale, received three awardsï¿½Xmost valuable back, team captain and outstanding player in the Big Gameï¿½Xwhile defensive end Tom Canada earned two citations as the player best exemplifying Cal spirit and the most inspirational player.
Listed below are all awards presented on Sunday:
Dink Artal Award -- Player best exemplifying Cal Spirit
Ken Harvey Award -- Player showing special academic commitment & improvement
Frank J Schlessinger Coaches Award -- Player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success & Community service
Ken Cotton Award -- Most Courageous Player
Stub Allison Award -- Most Inspirational Player
Joe Roth Award -- Player best exemplifying courage, attitude & sportsmanship
Andy Smith Award -- Player with the most Big C Time
Strength Award -- Lifter of the Year
Big Hit Award -- Player registering the most ï¿½ï¿½Big Hitsï¿½ï¿½ during the season
Berkeley Breakfast Club Award -- Outstanding Player in the Big Game
Most Improved Player
Bob Simmons Award -- Most Valuable Freshman
Most Valuable Back
J Scott Duncan Award -- Most Valuable Special Teams Player