Badgers announce football award recipients

Evans earns second team MVP award

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Lee Evans added yet another honor to his collection Friday evening when the Wisconsin football team announced an array of awards at its annual Senior Banquet.

Evans was named the Jimmy Demetral Most Valuable Player Award winner for the second time, the first Badger to do so since Al Toon won the award in 1983 and 1984. Evans' 1,162 yards receiving leads the Big Ten. He has 12 receiving touchdowns and 60 receptions this year and also ran once for seven yards and completed an 18-yard pass to quarterback Jim Sorgi. Evans also earned the honor in 2001 when he caught 75 passes for 1,545 yards and nine touchdowns.

Sorgi earned the Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award, which is granted to an offensive player "based on their improvement, attitude and willingness to help the program," according to an official statement released by Wisconsin Friday evening. Anttaj Hawthorne garnered the equivalent defensive award, the Jay Seiler Coaches Appreciation Award.

Sorgi threw for 2,082 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, while Hawthorne tallied 70 tackles, 20 for loss, and four sacks.

For the second year in a row, Jim Leonhard reaped Wisconsin's Special Teams Award. Leonhard returned two punts for touchdowns this season and broke the punt return yardage record he set last season, bettering it by one yard (435). Leonhard is averaging 14.0 yards per return.

The team's Ivan B. Williamson Scholastic Award, which goes to a player who has been exemplary in the area of scholarship and sportsmanship, went to senior linebacker Jeff Mack.

Booker Stanley's 523 yard, five touchdown season resulted in the team's Rookie of the Year honor while a pair of redshirted freshmen, quarterback Tyler Donovan and defensive end Jamal Cooper, were named Scout Team Players of the Year, respectively.

Outgoing Athletic Director Pat Richter was awarded the Captains' Cup, selected by team captains and head coach Barry Alvarez, which goes to someone other than a player or coach "who has shown tremendous dedication and unselfish commitment toward the betterment of the football program."


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