Emery Honored

Andy Emery is the 2007 winner of the Tom Nickolich Award, presented by the Blue & Gold News to the walk-on member of the Mountaineer football team who has distinguished himself with his attitude and effort.

Emery is the fifth consecutive player from the Mountain State to earn the award, which is presented in the memory of Tommy Nickolich, a native of Fairmont, W.Va., and a former walk-on for West Virginia (1980-82) who died of cancer in 1983. The winner is selected each spring by the Mountaineer coaching staff.

Emery, a senior linebacker from University High School in Morgantown, has been a special teams contributer during WVU's rise to prominence over the past three seasons. A hard worker whose spirit and dedication are typical of walk-ons who overcome long odds to see game action, Emery is the 17th player win the award.

Emery, a membor of the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll, had 12 tackles as a junior.

PAST NICKOLICH AWARD WINNERS
YEAR PLAYER POS
1991 Keith Taparausky RB
1992 Ray Wilcox LB
1993 Matt McCulty WR
1994 Randy Fulmore DB
1995 Rob Keys DB
1996 Matt Ceresa OL
1997 David Lightcap DB
1998 Mark Corman TE
1999 Bryan Lorenz TE
2000 Ben Collins DB
2001 Jeremy Knapp TE
2002 Moe Fofana FB
2003 John Pennington WR
2004 Jeff Noechel LB
2005 George Shehl H
2006 Tim Lindsey LS

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