CHAPEL HILL, N.C. ----- University of North Carolina tailback Ronnie McGill and safety Kareen Taylor were named the Tar Heels' Most Valuable Players at the 2006 football banquet on Sunday evening.
McGill started all 12 games and led the team with 790 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 15 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown. A native of Clover, S.C., McGill had three 100-yard rushing games this season, including 101 in a 23-9 win over NC State. He finished his Carolina career ranked 10th all-time in rushing yards (2,393) and eighth in rushing touchdowns (24).
Taylor played in all 12 games and started 11. He led the team with five interceptions and finished second with 70 tackles. Taylor recorded two interceptions in each of the two final games of the season against NC State and Duke.
Safety D.J. Walker, who started 11 games and had 65 tackles, was named the best all-around senior.
Quarterback Joe Dailey earned the William Rand Kenan, Jr. award for outstanding athletics, academics and leadership. Dailey completed 112 of 195 pass attempts for 1,316 yards and seven touchdowns.
2006 AWARD WINNERS
Bill Arnold Memorial Award - Outstanding Offensive Lineman Charlson Gray
William Fuller Award - Outstanding Defensive Lineman Shelton Bynum
Louis Graves Award - Outstanding Offensive Back Ronnie McGill
Greg Poole Award - Outstanding Special Teams Player Kendric Williams, Ryan Taylor
George Barclay Award - Outstanding Linebacker Durell Mapp
Art Weiner Award - Outstanding Receiver Jesse Holley
Cary Boshamer Award - Outstanding Defensive Back Kareen Taylor
Andy Bershak - Outstanding Defensive End Brian Rackley
Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Newcomer Offense Brooks Foster
Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Newcomer Defense E.J. Wilson, Camaron Thomas
Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Freshman Hakeem Nicks, Jermaine Strong
Jack Sapp Memorial Award - Best All-Around Senior DJ Walker
Charlie Justice Award - Outstanding Contribution Offense Jon Hamlett
Charlie Justice Award - Outstanding Contribution Defense Larry Edwards
Moyer Gray Smith Award - Most Improved Player - Offense Garrett Reynolds
Moyer Gray Smith Award - Most Improved Player - Defense Victor Worsley
Morris Mason Award- Outstanding Lifter Larry Edwards
John Lacey Rehabilitation Award Jacoby Watkins, Brian Chacos
James A. Gray and James A. Gray, Jr Football Manager's Award Jeffery Williams
William Rand Kenan, Jr. Award - Outstanding Achievement, Academics, Athletics, Leadership Joe Dailey
Bob Osterneck Memorial Award - Most Team Spirit Melik Brown
E. Carrington Smith Award - Most Valuable Player Offense Ronnie McGill
E. Carrington Smith Award - Most Valuable Player Defense Kareen Taylor
James Southerland Award (3) - Team Captain - Melik Brown, Ronnie McGill, Kareen Taylor