Barber & Maroney Named 2004 Football Co-MVPs

Junior running back Marion Barber III and sophomore running back Laurence Maroney were both named the team's Bronko Nagurski Award winners, which is given to the team's most valuable player, and Bruce Smith Award winners, which is given to the team's offensive MVP. The Gophers' team awards were given at the annual University of Minnesota football banquet tonight at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus.

Marion Barber III  and Laurence Maroney were inseparable throughout the 2004 season as they each surpassed 1,000 yards rushing. Maroney tallied a career-best 1,243 yards in only his second season and currently is ranked third in the Big Ten and 15th in the nation in rushing, averaging 113 yards per game. Barber joined Maroney in the 1,000-yard club for the second straight season by rushing for 167 yards against Iowa last Saturday, placing him at 1,082 yards for the season. Barber is fourth in the Big Ten in rushing and 29th in the nation, averaging 98.4 yards per game. Barber and Maroney became the first duo in NCAA history to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

 

Senior defensive end Darrell Reid took home the Carl Eller Award as the defensive MVP. A native of Freehold, N.J., Reid led the 2004 Gophers in sacks (6.5) and tackles-for-loss (15.5). He is also ranked third in school history for career tackles-for-loss with 36 and fourth in career sacks with 15.

 

Team captains for the 2005 season will be announced at a later date.

 

This year's awards and honorees are:

 

BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD (presented to the team's most valuable player):

Marion Barber III (Jr., running back; Plymouth, Minn.)

Laurence Maroney (So., running back, St. Louis, Mo.)

 

CARL ELLER AWARD (presented to the team's outstanding defensive player):

Darrell Reid (Sr., defensive end, Freehold, N.J.)

 

BRUCE SMITH AWARD (presented to the team's outstanding offensive player):

Marion Barber III (Jr., running back; Plymouth, Minn.)

Laurence Maroney (So., running back, St. Louis, Mo.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOBBY BELL AWARD (presented to the outstanding special teams player):

John Shevlin (Fr., linebacker; Eagan, Minn.)

 

BUTCH NASH AWARD (for competitiveness on the field and in the classroom):

Mark Setterstrom (Jr., left guard; Northfield, Minn.)

 

PAUL GIEL AWARD

(for total unselfishness and most concern about the University of Minnesota): 

Dominique Sims (Sr., linebacker; Minneapolis, Minn.)

 

NEIL FREDENBURG AWARD (courage and love for the game):

Jakari Wallace (Jr., wide receiver; Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. )

 

DEFENSIVE DEMO (for outstanding performance on the defensive demonstration team):

Seth Thompson (Fr., safety; Hudson, Wis.)

 

OFFENSIVE DEMO (for outstanding performance on the offensive demonstration team):

Tommy Jacobs (Fr., offensive guard; Maple Grove, Minn.)

 


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