Bulls Honored at USF Football Awards Banquet

The USF football team held its annual post season awards banquet Saturday night the downtown Tampa Hyatt and sent the departing seniors out with a well deserved tribute. It was an exciting evening full of honors and highlight videos recapping the Bulls '08 season. As always, USFNation was there.

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.

As the night came to a close, Head coach Jim Leavitt made his closing remarks full of inspiration and praise, and thanked all the players for their contributions to the team during the season, and especially to the seniors. 

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   

Kion Wilson

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.

Mark Popek

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

Jake Sims

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

Shawn Cannon

LEE ROY SELMON AWARD  - In recognition of the individual who displays the greatest courage perseverance and determination in pursuit of team goals

Brouce Mompremier

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.

Benjamin Williams

COACHES AWARD - In recognition of the player who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution; a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged.

Matt Huners

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

George Selvie

OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN  - In recognition of the offensive lineman who demonstrated the most outstanding performance, leadership and effort throughout the season

Jake Griffin

Marc Dile

 

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 

Maikon Bonani

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

Matt Grothe

DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS OF THE YEAR  - In recognition of the defensive skill player who showcases his skills and talents by making plays on game day 
Carlton Williams

John & Cynthia Ruzic OFFENSIVE MVP - In recognition of the most valuable offensive player 

Jessie Hester JR

John & Cynthia Ruzic DEFENSIVE MVP  - In recognition of the most valuable defensive player

Tyrone McKenzie

 

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

 

 


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