LOS ANGELES– USC senior 2-time All-American first team defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and senior All-American and Mackey Award-winning tight end Fred Davis were named the Co-Most Valuable Players of the Rose Bowl-bound Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Wednesday night (Dec. 19) at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
It's the first time that USC has had Co-MVPs since 1979, when tailback Charles White and quarterback Paul McDonald shared the honor.
Ellis, who won unanimous All-American honors this season, was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and won the Pac-10 Morris Trophy for the second consecutive year. He had 56 tackles in 2007, including 12.5 for losses (with 8.5 sacks), and in his career has posted 28.5 tackles for a loss and 17.5 sacks.
Davis has 55 receptions for 794 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2007, all team highs and season records for USC tight ends. He also owns the USC tight ends career records for receptions (110), receiving yards (1,321) and TD catches (12).
Ellis also shared USC's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year Award with senior 2-time All-Pac-10 first team defensive end Lawrence Jackson (it was the third year in a row that Jackson received that honor) and USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award with senior All-American first team linebacker Keith Rivers and junior All-Pac-10 first team safety Kevin Ellison, who also won USC's Bob Chandler Award.
A complete list of the awards:
Co-Most Valuable Players: defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, tight end Fred Davis
Most Inspirational Player: linebacker Thomas Williams
Co-Linemen of the Year: offensive tackle Sam Baker and center Matt Spanos (offense), defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (defense)
Co-Special Teams Players of the Year: linebackers Thomas Williams and Clay Matthews
Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement): wide receiver Garrett Green
Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): safety Kevin Ellison
John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit): defensive tackle Christian Tupou
Courage Award: center Matt Spanos
Co-Lifters Award: defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, linebacker Keith Rivers, safety Kevin Ellison
Team Captains: quarterback John David Booty, linebacker Keith Rivers, offensive tackle Sam Baker, defensive end Lawrence Jackson