Former Miami offensive lineman and current analyst on the Hurricane Sports Radio Network Don Bailey, served as the awards show’s emcee. The show opened with the top 14 plays of the 2014 season:
14. Denzel Perryman makes a key stop on third and one at Louisville
13. Malcolm Lewis makes sideline touchdown grab at Nebraska
12. Denzel Perryman forces a fumble against Duke
11. Thurston Armbrister’s sack-fumble puts the Canes in scoring position against Louisville
10. Phillip Dorsett tallies a 79-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati
9. Duke Johnson scores from 80 yards out against Cincinnati
8. Tyriq McCord takes interception to the endzone for a touchdown
7. Duke Johnson races 90 yards for a touchdown against North Carolina
6. Deon Bush forces a fumble at Virginia Tech
5. Duke Johnson hauls in a 24-yard touchdown pass to end the first half at Virginia Tech
4. Clive Walford’s 61-yard touchdown reception against Florida State
3. Deon Bush makes a great interception against Florida State to end the half
2. Phillip Dorsett makes a diving catch in the endzone against FAMU
1. Brad Kaaya hits Herb Waters in the endzone for a touchdown on 4th and 16 versus Duke
The Hurricanes coaching staff handed out 26 annual player awards. Freshman QB and ACC Rookie of the Year Brad Kaaya was named the team’s Newcomer of the Year; junior LB and Butkus Award Finalist Denzel Perryman was named Defensive MVP, while senior TE and Mackey Award Finalist Clive Walford was named Offensive MVP.
Third-team All-ACC P Justin Vogel was named Special Teams MVP and junior RB Duke Johnson was awarded the Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player award.
Senior OL Shane McDermott was the recipient of the Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation and Spirit. Walford received the Melching Leadership Award. Both awards are voted on by the team.
The program also saw OL Jonathan Feliciano receive the inaugural Kelly UTough Player of the Year Award.
Throughout the evening, those in attendance were treated to several video highlights. In additon, former #ProCanes Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis sent along a video message to Johnson on becoming the school's all-time leading rusher.
At the end of the night, head coach Al Golden thanked the senior class and all 19 seniors were presented with their framed jersey.
Miami (6-6) will play South Carolina (6-6) in the 2014 Duck Commander Indepedence Bowl on Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La. Tickets, which are priced at $45 and $50, can be purchased through the UM Ticket Office online at CanesTix.com, in-person at BankUnited Center (M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone at 1-800-GO-CANES.
2014 Canes Football Awards Show
The Mariutto Family Scholar Athlete Award Nantambu Fentress
The Scout Team Players of the Year Garrett Kidd
Strength Training Athlete of the Year Phillip Dorsett
Hurricane Media "Good Guy" Award Olsen Pierre
Training Room Comeback Player of the Year Ryan Williams
Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award Shane McDermott
Community Service Man of the Year Award Dallas Crawford
Kelly Utough Award Jonathan Feliciano
Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player Award Raphael Kirby
Miami Sports HOF Unsung Hero Award Phillip Dorsett
U Respect Award Jake Heaps
Albert Bently Award - Most Valuable Walk-On Justin Vogel
Melching Leadership Award Clive Walford
Newcomer of the Year Award Brad Kaaya
Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation and Spirit Shane McDermott
Hard Hitter Award Denzel Perryman
Captains Awards Anthony Chickillo, Jonathan Feliciano, Shane McDermott, Denzel Perryman, Clive Walford
Defensive MVP Denzel Perryman
Offensive MVP Clive Walford
Special Teams MVP Justin Vogel
Jack Harding Team MVP Duke Johnson