Ofa Hautau Receives Bob Fenimore Award

The highlight of the Oklahoma State Senior Football Banquet on Sunday night was the special emphasis on the overtime win in Bedlam from just a little over 24 hours earlier. The crowd of players, coaches, staff, and special guests enjoyed the artistic video portrayal of the bowl-clinching win. The banquet also included the season awards, with Ofa Hautau earning the Bob Fenimore Award for Team MVP.

The highly respected Hautau finished the season with 28 tackles, 20 unassisted, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a blocked kick. However, Hautau also influenced so many plays this season that didn't register in the stats.

The Offensive MVP award, also known as the Thurman Thomas Award, went to inside receiver David Glidden. The junior from Mustang, Okla., caught a team-high 40 passes for 568-yards and two touchdowns.

The Defensive MVP award goes by the title of the Leslie O'Neal Award and that went to defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah is tied for ninth in the NCAA in sacks with 11 solo sacks. He is also 14th in the country in tackles for losses with 16 unassisted and 18 total tackles for loss. He had 46 tackles overall.

As for the other awards, even though some are for off the field or non-performance categories, all the awards went to players who contributed heavily.

The Barry Sanders Award for the most contributions with the least recognition went to tight end Jeremy Seaton on offense. Seaton was a big part of the game plan in the Bedlam win and he had nine catches on the season with 122 yards receiving. On the defensive side, the recipient was linebacker Seth Jacobs, who has been one of the leading tacklers on the team despite battling injuries.

The Vernon Grant Award for spirit and enthusiasm went to Ryan Simmons on defense. The veteran middle linebacker had 76 solo tackles with 17 assists for 93 total tackles. He also has 11 tackles for loss and two sacks with one forced fumble. On offense, offensive lineman turned blocking tight end again Zac Veatch was the player awarded.

Ryan Lester, a former walk-on who is a valuable special teams performer, was named the L.L. Boger Award winner for outstanding academics. Lester has never made less than an A in any class at any level in his academic career.

The Russell Okung Award for outstanding newcomers went to two freshmen that have played a lot. James Washington has 26 receptions for 423 yards and five touchdowns. He was identified early before the season as a player that would have a major impact. Cornerback Ramon Richards was not thought to be a definite contributor but injuries forced him to duty and he came along to finish with three interceptions to lead the team, including a pick six at Kansas State.

Finally the Special Teams MVP went to Tyreek Hill. Hill had the huge 92-yard punt return to tie the game in Norman on Saturday and send it to overtime. Hill also had two touchdown returns on kickoffs. He averaged 9.5 yards per punt return and 24.7 yards on kickoff returns.

Seniors Daniel Koenig, Teddy Johnson and James Castleman were honored as four-year lettermen.

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