Williams Nabs MVP Honors At Longhorn Banquet

Although his catches dwindled this season in Texas&#146; &#145;zone read&#146; rushing offense, senior SE <B>Roy Williams </B>received team MVP honors at the annual Longhorn Football Banquet Friday.

Williams shared Most Valuable Offensive Player with junior RB Cedric Benson, who was named Texas’ Outstanding Offensive Back for the third straight season. Williams also shared the Outstanding Wide Receiver award with FL B.J. Johnson and SE Sloan Thomas.

Junior WLB Derrick Johnson was selected both the Most Valuable Defensive Player and Outstanding Linebacker. DT Marcus Tubbs was selected Outstanding Defensive Lineman with sophomore DT Rodrique Wright. Tubbs also shared the team’s Strength and Conditioning Award with OG Tillman Holloway and senior DS Cullen Loeffler.

CB Nathan Vasher was named Outstanding Defensive Back along with FS Dakarai Pearson. (It’s quite a gesture for Pearson, considering he missed half the season with injuries while Vasher tied the Texas career INT mark at 17 while leading the team with six picks.)

Holloway, the only senior on this year’s O-line, earned Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors. The four other starters on the O-line (junior Jason Glynn, sophomores Will Allen and Jonathan Scott, and redshirt freshman Justin Blalock) shared the offensive Most Improved designation.

Both freshman Vince Young and junior Chance Mock shared the Outstanding Quarterback award while Young was named the Outstanding Offensive Newcomer.

Loeffler earned more hardware with the Longhorn Club Sportsmanship Award while sharing Most Valuable Special Teams Player with sophomore P Richmond McGee and junior PK Dusty Mangum.

Basically, nearly every Longhorn who saw significant action this past season received some sort of an award.

Senior Bo Scaife, sophomore David Thomas and senior Brock Edwards all shared Outstanding Tight End. Senior RB Brett Robin and junior FB Will Matthews shared Most Consistent Offensive Player honors. Robin was also awarded the Lan Hewlett Academic Award and the Coca-Cola Community Service Award.

Senior Kalen Thornton was named the Outstanding Defensive End (my choice would have been freshman Tim Crowder, as Thornton has been a shell of his former self after battling lengthy knee injuries) while senior SLB Reed Boyd was tabbed as Most Consistent Defensive Player (yep, the least we can say about Boyd is that he was consistent).

Hard-hitting sophomore MLB Aaron Harris shared the Most Improved Defensive Player award with junior safety Phillip Geiggar. (The argument here is Geiggar made the defensive play of the year when he stripped Kansas State QB Ell Roberson of the ball inside the red zone halfway through the fourth quarter Oct. 4. The play set up Texas’ 88-yard winning drive in the 24-20 win over the eventual Big 12 champs.)

CB Tarell Brown, S Michael Griffin, DB Aaron Ross and Crowder were each named the Outstanding Defensive Newcomer.

Williams, Tubbs and Holloway were named permanent team captains by their teammates.

The Horns began Holiday Bowl preparation with a brief workout Saturday morning. Final exams for several of the athletes continue until Tuesday.

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