Tigers honored at annual banquet

The LSU football team, fresh off of an invitation to face Texas in the SBC Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day, honored select members at its annual banquet on Sunday night at The Radisson.

Highlighting the list of awards for the Tigers were All-America linebacker Bradie James and running back Domanick Davis, who shared the Charles McClendon Most Valuable Player Award. James led the Tigers and ranked among the SEC leaders with 147 tackles this year, while Davis ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in all-purpose yards, rushing yards as well as punt and kickoff returns.


James also shared the George M. Wallace Award, which goes to the players with the most tackles or defensive production points. James had 8.5 tackles for losses and three sacks to go with his 147 tackles, while LeJeune had 104 tackles, nine tackles for losses and four sacks.


LeJeune also won the Percy E. Roberts Award, which is presented to the most valuable defensive player, while the Percy E. Robert Award for offense went to Michael Clayton. Clayton led LSU and ranked among the SEC leaders with 55 receptions for 661 yards and five touchdowns. Clayton scored the game-winning TD in the Tigers' 14-13 victory over Ole Miss.


The National L-Club Award, given annually to the team captains, went to James, Kenderick Allen, Davis, LaBrandon Toefield and Matt Mauck.


Offensive lineman Rodney Reed, who carries over a 3.9 grade point average in accounting, was among five players named the Academic Tiger of the Year. Reed, a First Team Academic All-American in 2002, shared the honor with Mauck, Jack Hunt, Rudy Niswanger and Brandon Hurley.


Deep snapper Wendell York, three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as a 2002 LSU graduate, along with James were named the Charles Coates Student-Athlete of the Year for the Tigers. James was one of only 14 players from across the nation to be awarded the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.


Linebacker Jeremy Lawrence, wide receiver Jerel Myers and Davis won the Alvin Roy Award, which is presented to the players who have shown the most dedication in LSU's strength and conditioning program.


Other award winners included freshman Andrew Whitworth along with sophomores Ben Wilkerson, Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill winning the Outstanding Underclassmen Lineman Award, while Devery Henderson and Corey Webster were named the winners of the Outstanding Underclassman Award.


Junior defensive tackle Chad Lavalais and Whitworth shared the Up Front Award, which goes annually to the teams outstanding interior lineman on both sides of the ball.


The Butch Duhe Award, which is presented to the players whose character and contributions to the LSU football team most personify the youth of today, went to Randall Gay, Reed, James and Mauck.


The Chancellor's Award was awarded to Demetrius Hookfin, Stephen Peterman, Allen and Toefield for their overcoming adversity in making outstanding contributions to the team.


Placekicker John Corbello, Ryan O'Neal and Davis shared The Gridiron Club Special Teams Player of the Year Award, while The Bengal Belles Unsung Hero Award went to Reggie Robinson, Solomon Lee, Byron Dawson and Rob Sale.

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