Scarlet Report Awards

The regular season is complete and Rutgers football is bowl bound yet again. Practices for the Detroit Quick Lane Bowl begin this week, which allows to hand out its post-season awards.

Team MVP -- QB Gary Nova

Rutgers goes as its quarterback goes, and the two-time Big Ten Player of the Week will go down as one of the best at his position in school history. Nova caused his share of headaches, highlighted by a brutal game against Penn State, but Rutgers does not bowl in 2014 without its two-time team captain. He is the all-time touchdown leader in school history, and gets one more shot at a bowl victory. Honorable Mention -- WR Leonte Carroo.

Offensive Player of the Year -- WR Leonte Carroo.

Talk about well deserved. Carroo was the only consistent play-maker on the roster, and his final numbers rank among the best of any receiver in school history. He is the first 1,000-yard receiver since Mohamed Sanu. His 10 touchdowns tie Marco Battaglia for the most in a single Rutgers season, and one more ties him with Tim Brown for the career record. Honorable Mention -- QB Gary Nova.

Defensive Player of the Year -- DT Darius Hamilton

Second in sacks and first in TFLs, Hamilton forced his will upon others. He struggled against bigger, stronger offensive lines at times but anchored a strong defensive line. Hamilton now knows what it takes to perform against the best offensive lines in the country, and will be even better as a senior. Yes, Rutgers was not a good team against the run this year. Hamilton, however, was a consistent, high-motor athlete. Honorable Mentions -- CB Gareef Glashen, DE Kemoko Turay, DE David Milewski.

Most Improved Player -- CB Gareef Glashen

From liability to Rutgers’ top cornerback, credit Glashen for being a senior that played his best football. Glashen matched up against opponents’ bests, including a strong showing against Devin Funchess of Michigan and Indiana’s Shane Wynn. Honorable Mentions -- RB Desmon Peoples, WR Andre Patton.

True Freshman of the Year -- RB Robert Martin

This could go to either running back, but give Martin the nod for a more consistent season and five rushing touchdowns. When Rutgers needed a spark, he gave the offense exactly that. One year off of ACL surgery, Martin logged 4.9 yards per carry. He started against Maryland and likely does the same against North Carolina in Detroit. Honorable Mention -- RB Josh Hicks.

Comeback Player of the Year -- QB Gary Nova

Giving up was the easy option after a meltdown in the second half of last season. He lost his starting job to Chas Dodd after multiple bad games. Nova went to work in the offseason with redemption on his mind, and found that as a senior with 2,667 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.Honorable Mentions -- RB Paul James, DE Julian Pinnix-Odrick

Commit Rutgers Could Use This Season -- DT Greg Webb

What better to fix problems against the run than a 320-pound beast that already has college experience? Webb arrives at Rutgers next season with a shot at instant contribution at nose tackle. Rutgers has talent on its interior line, but no one compares to the size Webb offers at the position. Honorable Mentions -- WR Rashad Blunt, OLB Sidney Gopre

Senior Award -- FB Michael Burton

Burton epitomizes what you want as a team captain. He says all of the right things, leads by example and quietly puts together a stellar season. Burton is a former walk-on that truly earned his scholarship. The three-year starter was never a stat machine, but deserves plenty of credit for the 4.0 yards per carry on the ground this season. Honorable Mentions -- DE David Milewski, QB Gary Nova

Play of the Year -- Kemoko Turay Blocks Michigan Field Goal

What a moment for Rutgers football. It may have been a down year for Michigan, but Turay’s block gave a sold out High Point Solutions Stadium its 2014 moment of the year. With a chance to win it on a long field goal, Michigan and former coach Brady Hoke returned to Ann Arbor as losers thanks to an inhuman vertical leap by Turay. Honorable Mentions -- Johnathan Aiken’s pass breakup against Washington State, 93-yard touchdown bomb to Andrew Turzilli against Tulane, Nova touchdown to Patton completes 25-point comeback against Maryland.

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