Football Award Winners Announced At Banquet

Nov. 26, 2005

The Arizona State University football team held its annual Awards Banquet at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix on Saturday, November 26. The Awards Banquet honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the ASU football program over the past year (2005). The Sun Devils, who finished 6-5 and in fourth-place in the Pacific-10 Conference, will play in the Insight Bowl, Dec. 27 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 6 30 p.m.

Senior wide receiver Derek Hagan (Palmdale, Calif.) was the winner of the Offensive Most Valuable Player award. Hagan was also a co-winner of the Cecil Abono team captain award. Hagan, who was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver, set the Pacific-10 Conference record for career receptions, recording 253 in his four-year career. He also led the team with eight touchdowns scored. For his career, Hagan posted 1,000 yards receiving in three different seasons.

Senior linebacker Dale Robinson (Queens, NY) was awarded the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player award. Robinson led the team in total tackles with 112 and, for the second year in a row, tackles for loss with 15 on the season. He also recorded four sacks and forced three fumbles on the year.

Sophomore safety Josh Barrett (Reno, Nev.) was awarded the Special Teams Iron Man Award. Barrett recorded 33 tackles on the year, 24 of which were solo.

Junior Jesse Ainsworth (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was presented with the Clyde B. Smith Award for his academic achievement in 2005. Ainsworth finished 8-of-10 (.800) on field goal kicking and was 49-of-49 on extra points. Down the stretch he assumed the punting duties as well. Ainsworth kicked the game-winning field goal, a 20-yarder with six second remaining, to defeat Arizona 23-20 yesterday.

True freshman tailback Keegan Herring (Peoria, Ariz.) earned the Bill Kajikawa Sun Devil Award given to the outstanding freshman. He was also winner of the Camp Tontozona Newcomer Most Valuable Player award. Herring led the team in rushing yards with 791, setting a team record for yards gained by a freshman. He also recorded a team-high six rushing touchdowns.

The Babe Alex Demon Award that is given to the special teams player of the year went to junior Terry Richardson (Corona, Calif.). Richardson was among the top kick returners in the nation this year averaging 28.1 yards on kickoffs and 15.9 on punts with two touchdowns, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown with 7:52 left in yesterday's 23-20 victory over Arizona. Richardson became the first Sun Devil since 1977 to record two punt returns for touchdowns in a single season.

The award for Outstanding Offensive Lineman was given to junior offensive lineman Andrew Carnahan (Hereford, Texas). Junior tackle Jordan Hill (Pocatello, Idaho) won the award for Outstanding Defensive Lineman. Hill was also a co-recipient of the Cecil Abono team captain award. Hill tallied 30 tackles, three pass breakups, two recovered fumbles, six tackles for loss and one quarterback sack on the campaign.

Freshman quarterback Rudy Carpenter (Westlake, Calif.) earned the Mike Bartholomew Most Improved Offensive Player Award. In addition, he was given the Offensive Most Valuable Player award of Camp Tontozona. Carpenter assumed the starting quarterback role midway through the season and since threw for 1,806 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ranks among the top in the nation in touchdown-to-interception ratio at 6.5 to 1. His passing efficiency rating of 167.67 will rank within the tops in the nation after playing in the Insight Bowl.

The Gail Scott Most Improved Defensive Player Award was presented to junior safety Zach Catanese (Redding, Calif.). Catanese was also awarded the special teams Most Valuable Player at Camp Tontozona. Catanese was second on the team in tackling with 99 stops. He also recorded three tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

Freshman offensive guard Shawn Lauvao (Honolulu, Hawaii) earned the McBurney Scout Team Award given to a player on the offensive scout team. Junior defensive lineman Michael Marquardt (Vista, Calif.) was presented with the Glen Hawkins Scout Team Award for defense.

Senior tight end Lee Burghgraef (Corona, Calif.) was awarded the Tim Landers Iron Man Award. Burghgraef was also a co-winner of the Cecil Abono team captain award.

The Pat Tillman Valor Award, formerly the Sun Devil Valor Award, was given to senior offensive lineman Grayling Love (Sacramento, Calif.). Love also won the Cecil Abono team captain award. Love is a finalist for the Draddy Award, presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in the nation. It is known as the 'Heisman' trophy for academics.

Junior quarterback Sam Keller (Danville, Calif.) was also a co-winner of the Cecil Abono team captain award. Keller eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark this year before suffering a season-ending injury and also found the endzone 20 times.

Camp Tontozona awards were also given to defensive lineman DeWayne Hollyfield (Los Angeles, Calif.) for Defensive Most Valuable Player and defensive end Will Kofe (Long Beach, Calif.) for the scout team Most Valuable Player. Hollyfield collected 18 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss on the year while Kofe registered 21 tackles.

The Frank Kush Award, given for outstanding support of the ASU football program was presented to Guy Inzalaco. The award is sponsored annually by the Varsity 'A' Association.

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