This year the Awards Banquet was held much earlier than previous years to accommodate more Bulls having January obligations (Senior bowls, NFL work-outs, etc) and wanted to ensure that all seniors could attend. Last year Bulls Mike Jenkins & Ben Moffitt missed the banquet.
The Bulls paid extra honor to the seniors and was conducted with very high production quality. I got to give props to my friend Larry Antonucci, Director of Football Operations for the Bulls, who put on a great show. After a reception and hors d'oeuvres everyone went into another room for dinner and the award ceremony. The room was situated with a long table on stage with jerseys of the 21 seniors hanging in front, but with no seniors present. While everyone dined, the seniors had a special meal in an adjacent room with their families until the award ceremony began.
The ceremony began with the sound of the USF marching band entering the room, as they lined the aisle. The voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk was once again the emcee and after some opening remarks, introduced each senior as they walked the aisle and took their spot on stage at the table with plenty of fanfare. After some more remarks the highlight reels were played. First was an action packed highlight reel of the Bulls offense with great clips of Grothe, T.J., Taylor and the rest of the Bulls offense. Then was the defensive highlight reel, which was full of great defensive plays, vicious hits, and lots of Selvie, T-Mac, Brouce and more. As always, both videos pumped up the crowd and set a great tone for the evening.
One of the original faces of the program Leroy Selmon presented the team captain awards to Jake Griffin, Tyrone McKenzie, Carlton Williams, Marcus Edwards, Ben Williams, and Brouce Mompremier. Then Jim Louk honored the Bulls second time All-American George Selvie and the Bulls that made the All-Big East team , and presented the endowment scholarships to Matt Grothe, Mike Ford, George Selvie, and Nate Allen.
The Bulls yearly awards were presented by the Bulls coaching staff, and were accompanied with more thrilling highlights of each player that received an award. Tyrone McKenzie and Jessie Hester Jr. took the Defensive and Offensive MVP awards while Grothe earned the Offensive playmaker award and George Selvie received the Outstanding Front Seven award, with Rookie of the year going to Kion Wilson. The entire list of award winners is below.
One of the more emotional and inspirational parts of the evening was when they showed the video clips of the departing seniors with highlights and comments from all the seniors about their classmates and time at USF. It made you laugh, smile, and get that tingly feeling inside.
The entire event was conducted with very high production quality and I got to give props to my friend Larry Antonucci, Director of Football Operations for the Bulls, who put on a great show.
The USF 2007 Football Awards Banquet Winners
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD -In recognition of the freshman football player who achieved outstanding performance through great work ethic, dedication and pride in his first year of college competition
OVERACHIEVER AWARD - Presented to the freshman football player who achieved outstanding performance levels in the areas of strength and conditioning while demonstrating an intense, tireless work ethic.
GOLDEN BULL AWARD - In recognition of the Scout squad player who provided the greatest contribution to the team through hard work effort, dedication and weekly preparation for the opponent
Defense: Charlton Sinclair
Offense: Evan Landi
SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD - In recognition of the individual who through his efforts on the field and in the classroom distinguished himself as both a quality student and a quality athlete
GREEN & GOLD PRIDE AWARD -In recognition of the walk on who through his efforts on and off the field best represents South Florida football with quality play, leadership and work ethic
LEE ROY SELMON AWARD - In recognition of the individual who displays the greatest courage perseverance and determination in pursuit of team goals
FIRST TEAMER AWARD - In recognition of the player that exemplifies leadership on and off the field, great character, physical and mental toughness. Is dependable and has high academic standards.
COACHES AWARD - In recognition of the player who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution; a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged.
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN PLAYER - In recognition of the defensive front seven player who demonstrated the most outstanding performance, leadership and effort throughout the season
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - In recognition of the offensive lineman who demonstrated the most outstanding performance, leadership and effort throughout the season
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER - In recognition of the individual who demonstrated the most outstanding performance on Special Teams and took great pride in making the Special Teams an equal partner to the offensive and defensive units of the Bulls football program
Jim & Laurie Ragsdale OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKER OF THE YEAR - In recognition of the offensive skill player who showcases his skills and talents by making plays on game day
DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS OF THE YEAR - In recognition of the defensive skill player who showcases his skills and talents by making plays on game day
John & Cynthia Ruzic OFFENSIVE MVP - In recognition of the most valuable offensive player
John & Cynthia Ruzic DEFENSIVE MVP - In recognition of the most valuable defensive player
Endowed Scholarship Recipients
Leroy Selmon Endowment Scholarship - George Selvie
George and Jane Morgan Endowed Football Scholarship - Matt Grothe
Jim and Laurie Ragsdale Football Endowment Scholarship -Mike Ford
Glenn and Linda Ruediger Football Endowment Scholarship - Nate Allen