White, Ivy Top WVU Awards List

Quarterback Patrick White was named the team's Most Valuable Player of the 2008 West Virginia University football team at Sunday's awards banquet, marking the third year in a row that he earned the honor.

White, also the team's offensive player of the year award recipient, finished the regular season with 919 yards rushing and 1,510 yards passing. He rushed for eight touchdowns and passed for 18 to total 26 touchdowns on the season. White set 16 WVU, Big East and NCAA records during his career, including the top rushing quarterback in NCAA history with 4,425 yards. He is responsible for 100 touchdowns in his career, tops in the Big East and has registered more than 10,000 yards in total offense, the first player in Big East history to accomplish that feat.

The defensive player of the year was Mortty Ivy. He led the defense this season with 86 tackles, including 40 solo stops, assisted on a sack and had six tackles for loss. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, had five pass breakups and returned a fumble. Ivy had double-figure tackle games against Colorado (11) and Connecticut (10).

The Scott Shirley Award for Special Teams Excellence went to Pat McAfee for the third-straight season. He was named a Walter Camp Football Foundation second team All-American, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. McAfee set the WVU all-time kick scoring and overall scoring records this season, scoring 377 points for his career. He also is the No. 1 leader in the Big East for career extra points made with 205.

Other award winners for the Mountaineers were also named.

IRA ERRETT RODGERS AWARD: Jake Figner and Doug Slavonic

JOHN RUSSELL AWARD: Ryan Stanchek

GRIDIRON GLADIATOR: Scooter Berry, Dorrell Jalloh and Ellis Lankster.

IDEAL MOUNTAINEER MAN: Mike Dent, Mortty Ivy, Tito Gonzales and Chris Neild

WHITEY GWYNNE AWARD: Alric Arnett, Adam Hughes and J.T. Thomas

DANNY VAN ETTEN AWARD: Tyler Urban.

SCOUT TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (offense): Jordan Roberts

SCOUT TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (defense) Joe Rhein.

CAPTAINS AWARD: Tito Gonzales, Mortty Ivy, Pat McAfee, Ryan Stanchek and Pat White.

West Virginia finished with an 8-4 record and tied for second place in the Big East Conference with a 5-2 mark. The Mountaineers will play North Carolina (8-4) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.


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