GRAHAM VOTED BUFFALO MVP
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 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