Colorado Names TE Daniel Graham Team M.V.P.




BOULDER - Almost lost in all the hubbub around the Bowl Championship Series

controversy was the fact that over 750 people attended the University of

Colorado's senior football banquet in Denver, where the coaching staff

presented their annual awards.


Senior tight end Daniel Graham was selected the team's most valuable player,

the most prestigious award as it is voted on by his teammates.  He earned

the Zack Jordan Award for that distinction, and he also won the John Mack

Award as the team's offensive MVP, as selected by the coaches.  (Graham will

be en route to New York Tuesday for Wednesday's announcement of the John

Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end).  He hopes to add the

 "ey" to the award he won Sunday.


Senior safety Michael Lewis was selected as the Dave Jones Award by the

coaches for the second straight year, presented to the team's defensive MVP.

The Bill McCartney Award for special teams achievement went to Roman

Hollowell, who led the nation in punt returns with an 18.0 average, the

third Buff to do so in NCAA history.


Debuting was the "Fugitive" Award, given to the player who best symbolized

an "I don't care" attitude in doing day-in and day-out what was best for the

team.  CU head coach Gary Barnett presented the award himself to senior

quarterback Bobby Pesavento, who was waiting in the wings and was fully

prepared when sophomore QB Craig Ochs was lost to injury the second half of

the season.


The complete list of CU team awards for 2001


Lee Willard Award (outstanding freshman): DE James Garee


Hang Tough Award (overcame the most adversity): OT Victor Rogers


Tyronee "Tiger" Bussey Award (perseverance over adversity, injury and/or

illness): TB Cortlen Johnson


Dean Jacob Van Ek Award (academic excellence): LB Lindsay Conley


Bill McCartney Award (special teams achievement): WR Roman Hollowell


Regiment Award (greatest contribution with least recognition): DT Justin



Derek Singleton Award (spirit, dedication, ent

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