Wallace Earns Top Honor at Banquet

AMES, Iowa -- Quarterback Seneca Wallace, who set Iowa State school records for single-season total offense (3,492) and career total offense (6,011) was named the Iowa State football team's most valuable player at the Iowa State football banquet Sunday at the Starlite Village Hotel.

Earning awards consistent with an unprecedented third-straight bowl season, Wallace shared most outstanding offensive player honors with wide receiver Lane Danielsen. Wallace shared the award last season with tailback Ennis Haywood. Defensive lineman Jordan Carstens and linebacker Jeremy Loyd shared most outstanding defensive player honors for the second-straight season.

Wallace, who passed for a school record 3,138 yards, was a co-winner of the Ray Scott Award as the Cyclones' outstanding offensive player. He shared the award with Danielsen, whose 59 receptions and 1,026 yards this season rank fourth and second in ISU single-season history, respectively.

Carstens, a Bagley native whose 97 tackles from his defensive tackle position ranked him fourth on the team, shared the Al and Dean Knudson Award as the team's top defensive player with Loyd. Loyd had 94 tackles with 11 tackles for loss this season. Carstens also shared the Arthur Floyd Scott Award as the team's outstanding lineman with offensive lineman Bob Montgomery.

Nick Leaders, a true freshman from Omaha who finished the season with 72 tackles, including five sacks was named the winner of the Durwood"Dury" Moss award as the Cyclones' outstanding newcomer in 2002.

Nik Moser of Fort Dodge was honored with the Jim Doran Award as ISU's top special teams player. Joe Woodley of West Des Moines, who played linebacker and fullback, earned the Bill Dailey Award from the Cyclone coaches as the player who made a great contribution to the team with little public recognition.

Freshman running back Stevie Hicks, freshman defensive lineman Caleb Van Cleave and freshman defensive back Chris Jones and were named the 2002 scout team players of the year for offense, defense and special teams, respectively. Offensive lineman Brian Lutter and wide receiver Jack Whitver were honored for academic achievement.

Center Zach Butler of Iowa City and defensive back Atif Austin earned the Reuben J. Miller Award as Cyclone players whose conduct on and off the field has brought honor and distinction to the University. Butler, Carstens, Wallace and linebacker Chris Whitaker received Ralph Aulmann Memorial Awards as 2002 team captains. Defensive end Beau Coleman and tight end Kyle Knock of Cedar Rapids were given a special award by the Cyclone coaching staff.

The following seniors were honored with a special award: wide receiver Larry Anglin, wide receiver Jesse Arnold, Austin, Butler, Coleman, placekicker Mitch Curtis of Newton, fullback Frank Garcia, defensive back Sam Holden of Manchester, offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson, Knock, Loyd, quarterback Dustin Ochs, Wallace and linebacker Matt Word.

Carstens, a first-team academic All-American, was honored as one of 11 Iowa Staters to earn a place on the Big 12 Conference all-academic teams. Carstens is an agriculture business major. Whitver earned second-team academic all-America honors. Both were first-team academic all-Big 12 honorees.

They were joined on the all-conference first team by Montgomery, who also earned a spot with Carstens and Whitver on the District VII academic all-American squad. Fullback Matt Grosserode, cornerback Ellis Hobbs, linebacker Boyd Viers and linebacker Jamar Buchanan were also first-team conference academic honorees. Earning second-team academic all-Big 12 honors were: Arnold, Danielsen, punt returner Todd Miller of Mt. Pleasant and placekicker and punter Tony Yelk.

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