BEREA— Gary Barnidge and Josh McCown each have earned awards from the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) for the 2015 season. Barnidge was voted the PFWA Player of the Year and McCown was named the PFWA Dino Lucarelli ‘Good Guy Award’ winner. The pair will be honored at the 36th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet in May at the Tangier Restaurant.
Barnidge is leading the team with 71 receptions, 977 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. His nine receiving touchdowns are tied with Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome (1979) for the most by a Browns tight end in a season. Barnidge’s 71 receptions are the sixth-most by a Browns tight end in a season and ninth-most by any Browns player. His 977 receiving yards are the fourth-most by a Browns tight end in a season. Barnidge is the first tight end to earn the award since its inception in 2001.
The ‘Good Guy Award’ is given annually to a player for his cooperation with the media and for the way the player carries himself in the community and with his teammates. McCown started eight games and completed 186 of 292 passes (63.7 percent) for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 93.3 rating. He set the Browns single-game record with 457 passing yards at Baltimore on Oct. 11, and became the first player in team history to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games. He broke his clavicle against Baltimore on Nov. 30, and was placed on injured reserve.
Last year’s Player of the Year was Joe Thomas, while Brian Hoyer was the ‘Good Guy Award’ winner.