Issued by UNM Media Relations:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- After obliterating one of the oldest records
in the Lobo record book, it was fitting for Jhurell Pressley to take
home three end-of-season football awards, including Team MVP.
It also was fitting that Lamar Bratton, the lone senior captain, was
honored more than once.
Pressley took home three honors and Bratton took home a pair to
highlight the 2014 Lobo Football Awards Banquet, held at the
Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom on Sunday night.
Pressley, who broke a 55-yard old UNM record for yards per carry
(averaging 9.5 yards per tote this season) was named both the Reese
Hill Offensive Most Valuable Player, and the Bill Brannin Most
Valuable Player. Pressley also earned the Red Menace
Award. Bratton, who played every snap this season, won the Big
Brother Award and the Chuck Cummings Most Inspirational Award.
In all, 14 awards were handed out. Of note, Tayo Adewon was a
repeat winner for the Most Valuable Defensive Scout Team Player, and
the Clyde Hill Most Improved Player Award went to a quarterback for
a second straight season as Lamar Jordan earned the honor after Cole
Gautsche won it last year.
The banquet was more than just an awards presentation and a
dinner. The program included speeches by David Guthrie and
Tanya Bratton, the mother of LaMar Bratton. There were also
musical performances by Johnny Vizcaino, Aaron Jenkins, and Vizcaino
and Jacori Greer as well as recognition of all of the first-year
Coach Bob Davie also announced at the banquet that Volcano Vista
graduate defensive end Randy Williams and Rio Rancho graduate
kicker/punter Zack Rogers had earned scholarships, removing them
from walk-on status.
Eleven of the 14 awards are based solely on voting from members of
the 2014 team. The Academic Most Improved, the Academic
Achievement Award are selected by the academic staff, and the Red
Menace Award is awarded from that organization and was presented by
Wes Henderson and Rudy Chavez. The awards were presented by
the coaching staff.
The awards and the individual winners were as follows (in order of
Big Brother of the Year Award: LaMar Bratton
Academic Most Improved Award: Tevin Newman
Academic Achievement Award: Reece White
New Mexico Man Award: Randy Williams
The Red Menace Award: Jhurell Pressley
Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Player Award: Matt Quarrells
Most Valuable Defensive Scout Team Player Award: Tayo Adewon
First-Team Award (Unselfish Devotion to the Team): Trajuan Briggs
and Tyler Duncan
Clyde Hill Most Improved Player Award: Lamar Jordan
Outstanding Special Teams Player Award: Zack Rogers
Colonel H.J. Golightly Defensive Most Valuable Player Award: Dakota
Reese Hill Offensive Most Valuable Player Award: Jhurell Pressley
Chuck Cummings Most Inspirational Player Award: LaMar Bratton
Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player Award: Jhurell Pressley
2014 Lobo Football Banquet Awards
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