Midseason Awards

With the first half of the 2004 season now history, Inside the Ville hands out its midseason awards.

Top Offensive Performer
QB Stefan LeFors
While there are a number of players that have made an impact on the offensive side of the ball, Stefan LeFors has been in 'the zone' since the season kicked off against Kentucky. Through six games the native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has put up Heisman like numbers. He currently leads the nation in passing efficiency and completion percentage. His 10.03 yards per attempt average is also tops in the country.

Additionally, he has displayed great leadership through his flawless ability to mentor true freshman Brian Brohm, which indicates he deeply cares about the future of the U of L program.

Runner Up: WR J.R. Russell

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Top Defensive Performer
LB Robert McCune
'The Hammer' is once again leading the team in tackles, with 61, which is also good for 21st in the nation. His speed has helped him run down opponents frequently and he has come up big on a number of short yardage plays.


Runner Up: LB Brandon Johnson

Top Special Teams Performer
LS Matt Webb
The sophomore transfer from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College earned the long snapping duties midway through fall camp and has performed solid through the first six games of the season. Webb can also usually be found near the point of impact on punt coverage.

Runner Up: PR Montrell Jones

Top Newcomer
QB Brian Brohm
Like Michael Bush last year, Brian Brohm isn't your typical true freshman. Brohm has seen considerable action in every game and has performed very well, including a pressure packed game at Miami.

Runner Up: WR Montrell Jones

Offensive Surprise
TE Adam McCauley
Who else could it be? Coming into the season the tight end position appeared to be one of the biggest concerns for Bobby Petrino's offense, but the senior from Waggener High School has played like many of the many great tight ends in the programs history. He is a very effective blocker and has over 160 receiving yards on the year.

Runner Up: WR Tiger Jones

Defensive Surprise
LB Brandon Johnson
Johnson has benefited greatly from off season weight training, as well as defensive coordinator Mike Cassity's schemes. The junior is the teams second leading tackler with 43 and has recorded two interceptions, nearly returning one for a touchdown.

Runner Up: DE Elvis Dumervil

Offensive Play
Brian Brohm's 15-yard completion to Montrell Jones against Miami when facing a 3rd and 2 on the U of L 39-yard line. After surrendering the lead to Miami, Brohm's completion to Jones kept the Cardinals drive alive, which would eventually lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Lionel Gates and giving U of L a 38-34 lead.

Runner Up: Eric Shelton's 37-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter at North Carolina that gave the Cardinals a 17-0 lead.

Defensive Play
4th and short defensive stop against Miami on their opening drive of the game. The 3rd-ranked Hurricanes were attempting to set the tone of the game early when they elected to go for it on 4th and 1 on the Louisville 3-yard line. Robert McCune and Bobby Leffew penetrated the line to stop Miami's Frank Gore for no gain.

Runner Up: Kerry Rhodes interception and 56-yard return for a touchdown against Kentucky to give the Cardinals a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter.

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