The 2009 BF.C Awards

THERE'S MOST VALUABLE, the most improved and breakout. The best surprise of 2009. The freshman of the year. The unsung hero, and the warrior award. WHO'S THE NEXT big thing on offense? What about defense? And who was named the breakout player of the year? All that and more inside BF.C's annual football awards.

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Most Valuable Player(s) | WR James Rodgers, RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Awarded to the player(s) who, if they were not on the field, the season would have turned out quite differently.

The Rodgers brothers have been nothing short of dynamic. 

After combining for 3,333 all-purpose yards a year ago or 47% of the team's total the Texas duo amazingly improved on that total by 957 yards in 2009.

Junior James Rodgers finished with an astounding 2,328 all-purpose yards, a school record, while sophomore Jacquizz Rodgers chipped in with 1,902 total hashes for a combined total of 4,290 all-purpose yards or 65 percent of the team's total.

Both made All-American teams and were first team All-Pac-10 selections.

Honorable mention: QB Sean Canfield, LB Keaton Kristick, DT Stephen Paea

Last year's pick:  DE Victor Butler and DE Slade Norris


Most Improved Player | QB Sean Canfield
Awarded to the player who improved the most from the previous season.

Even with history as a guiding light few could have foreseen the transformation of Sean Canfield from an okay quarterback to a first team All-Pac-10 player.

By completing a school record 67.9 percent of his passes Canfield guided the team to eight wins during a rebuilding year.  A year that featured two walk ons and a true freshman on the offensive line.

Canfield completes his career in Corvallis fourth on the career passing touchdowns (38) list, fourth on the career passing yards (5975) list and fourth on the passing touchdowns in a season (21) list.

Honorable mention: - DT Brennan Olander

Last year's pick:  WR Shane Morales


Breakout Player of the Year |  QB Sean Canfield
Awarded to the player who made a huge impact and rewrote the record books.

It is hard to imagine a player who tossed 20 interceptions and 15 touchdowns in 20 games would throw 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 13 games as a senior.

Canfield went from being just another Pac-10 quarterback to a National Football League draft pick.  A large part of Oregon State's success can be firmly planted on the California native's left shoulder.

Honorable mention:  WR James Rodgers

Last year's pick:  RB Jacquizz Rodgers


Best Surprise | WR Damola Adeniji
Awarded to the player who made the most surprising positive impact on the field.

The Eugene native had just one catch heading into 2009.  He had always performed well in spring and fall camp, but never received much playing time during games. 

When Darrell Catchings went down with ankle and hand injuries early in the season, the door was opened and Adeniji confidently stepped through becoming one of Canfield's favorite targets.

The former walk on was the team's third leading receiver with 807 yards and five receiving touchdowns on 57 catches.  Using his 6-foot-3 height and solid hands to his advantage Adeniji became known for his leaping grabs. 

He was the lone bright spot in the Las Vegas Bowl hauling in a team high seven passes for a game high 102 yards and one touchdown.

Honorable mention: RB Jovan Stevenson, TE Joe Halahuni

Last year's pick:  DT Stephen Paea


Freshman of the Year | OT Michael Philipp
Awarded to the top performing true or redshirt freshman.

Starting as a true freshman is quite an accomplishment in any conference - especially in the Pac-10 - and Philipp did a superb job at left tackle earning Freshman All-American honors.

He was the first true freshman to start on the Beaver offensive line since 1997.

Honorable mention:  LB Devin Unga, LB Kevin Unga, S Jordan Poyer

Last year's pick:  RB Jacquizz Rodgers


Mr. Steady | DT Stephen Paea
Awarded to the player who continually played at a high level and was instrumental in OSU's success.

In second season in the Pac-10 Paea wasn't going to surprise anyone.  Every team's offensive line schemed against the burly defensive tackle as they were forced to use two and sometimes three players to block him.

It didn't matter though as Paea, a first team all-conference selection and Morris Trophy recipient, was one of the main keys in the Beavers run defense that allowed 114.4 yards per game.

The two-year starter and 2009 co-captain started all 12 games for the Beavers and was the leading tackler among the OSU down linemen with 43 stops. Paea also was the team leader or co-leader in tackles for loss (8.5), quarterback sacks (3) and fumbles forced (4).

Honorable mention:  CB Tim Clark, LB Keaton Kristick, C Alex Linnenkohl

Last year's pick:  OT Andy Levitre


First-Time Starter of the Year | OG Grant Johnson
Awarded to the player who starts for the first time in their career and performs better than expected.

Adeniji or Philipp probably deserve this spot, but in an effort to recognize the greatest amount of players, sophomore Grant Johnson gets the nod - and that's not just because we feel bad for him.

Johnson was a big part in allowing Quizz to top the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive year and Canfield to complete 67% of his passes.

The versatile walk-on struggled at times, but it could have been far worse. 

Honorable mention:  WR Damola Adeniji, OT Michael Philipp

Last year's pick:  OT Mike Remmers


Comeback Player of the Year | DT Brennan Olander
Awarded to the player who was slowed down by an injury or sat out the previous season and came back strong.

The former wrestler has struggled with injuries during his time in Corvallis.  He was slowed down with a knee injury during fall camp and wasn't fully healed until early October.

Against Arizona State he cracked the starting lineup making an instant impact.  The fiery 6-foot-1, 276-pound beast was constantly in the backfield disrupting the Sun Devil ground game.

That trend continued the rest of the year as Olander and Paea complemented each other well.    Olander would make a big play and then Paea would make a big play.

Despite playing in just 11 games Olander finished the season as the team's second leading tackler among Oregon State lineman (28) while his 8.0 tackles for loss was good for second on the team.

Honorable mention:  WR Casey Kjos

Last year's pick:  WR Sammie Stroughter


Unsung Hero Award | WR Taylor Kavanaugh
Awarded to the player who toiled in relative obscurity, but was a key contributor to OSU's success.

Sure, Kavanaugh didn't record a reception and fielded just 10 punts for 35 yards, but his rock solid job as the Beavers holder for the last several years is something that shouldn't be overlooked.

During his time as the team's holder the Oregon State kicker has been named a Pac-10 second team selection twice (Justin Kahut | 2009, Alexis Serna | 2007).

Although there was little chance of him ever seeing significant playing time Kavanaugh gave it his all everyday, every practice.  As a result he has been the recipient of the team's Lunch Pail Award multiple times - one of the most coveted awards on the team.

Honorable mention: TE Brady Camp, TE Howard Croom, C Alex Linnenkohl

Last year's pick:  DT Pernell Booth


Warrior Award | S Suaesi Tuimaunei
Awarded to the player who battles through adversity and finishes the season strong.

After starting the first four games of the year Tuimaunei just wasn't cutting it at safety.  Blown coverages, poor reads, bad tackling - you name it and Tuimaunei was doing it.

And so at Arizona State in early October Tuimaunei was removed from the starting lineup.  The junior didn't complain and didn't sulk.

He was still getting plenty of time as a backup, but where he really started to shine was on special teams as a gunner delivering big hits while getting down the field quickly.

Tuimaunei ended the season as the second leading tackler on special teams and earned first team All-Pac-10 honors.

Honorable mention: - Latu Moala

Last year's pick:  P Johnny Hekker


Next Big Thing on Offense | TE Joe Halahuni
Awarded to the offensive player who had a solid year in a secondary role, but looks poised to have a big impact next season.

To say that fans of the football team are excited about the prospects of Halahuni is a vast understatement.  His blend of athleticism and punishing running style

As just a sophomore, and largely unused for much of the year, Halahuni caught 35 passes, the fourth most on the team, for 486 yards and three touchdowns.   In the last seven games he snagged 27 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

His nine catch performance at USC and his two 100 yard plus receiving games are school records for a tight end.  Former Beaver great Joe Newton never topped the 100-yard receiving mark.

Honorable mention: WR Markus Wheaton, OT Michael Philipp

Last year's pick:  RB Jeremy Francis


Next Big Thing on Defense | S Lance Mitchell
Awarded to the defensive player who had a solid year in a secondary role, but looks poised to have a big impact next season.

In his first year as a starter Mitchell became one of the secondary's top playmakers.

Mitchell led the team in pass breakups with seven, including a team high three interceptions, while tallying 72 tackles, good for third on the team.

With a year of experience to build from and his already great football instincts look for Mitchell to cause even more damage in 2010.

Honorable mention: CB James Dockery, S Cameron Collins

Last year's pick:  LB Dwight Roberson


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