Jan. 21, 2009

Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell and wide receiver Terrence Austin were selected winners of UCLA's Henry R. 'Red' Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player at the Annual UCLA Football Awards Banquet, held Wednesday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Harwell, a season team captain, returned from a knee injury to start all 12 games in 2008. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors while making 53 tackles to rank sixth on the squad. He was third on the squad with 6.0 tackles for loss and concluded his Bruin career with 26.5 tackles behind the line.

Austin led the Bruins with 53 receptions, the most by a Bruin wide receiver since Craig Bragg made 73 catches in 2003. In addition, he set UCLA season records for all-purpose yards (1,878), kickoff return yards (1,109) and kickoff returns (46). He ranked 16th in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage.

The complete list of winners:

Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player:
Offense: running back Johnathan Franklin, running back Milton Knox
Defense: end Damien Holmes, tackle Justin Mann

Jack. R. Robinson Award for Highest Scholarship of a Senior Player: punter Aaron Perez

N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership:
Offense: quarterback Kevin Craft
Defense: linebacker Reggie Carter

Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player:
Offense: tackle Mike Harris
Defense: cornerback Michael Norris

John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year:
Offense: wide receiver Taylor Embree
Defense: linebacker Akeem Ayers, safety Rahim Moore

Ed Kezirian 'Coach K' Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence: offensive tackle Jeff Baca

Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player: place kicker Kai Forbath, safety Glenn Love, punter Aaron Perez

Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior: defensive tackle Brigham Harwell

George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC: running back Kahlil Bell

Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC: tackle Brian Price

Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence:
Offense: tight end Ryan Moya
Defense: cornerback Alterraun Verner

Jerry Long 'Heart' Award: Offense: wide receiver Marcus Everett; Defense: end Korey Bosworth

Henry R. 'Red' Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player:
Offense: wide receiver Terrence Austin
Defense: tackle Brigham Harwell

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