Wednesday, March 23, 2011
NC State hands out team awards
By Heather Dinich
NC State held its annual awards dinner on Tuesday evening since most of last year’s seniors were in town for Wednesday's pro day workouts.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was named the recipient of the 2010 football squad’s Governor’s Award, given to the member of the Wolfpack football team who is the most valuable player based on ability, contribution, leadership and intangibles. Wilson, who was also named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Back and earned a Captain’s Award, did not attend the event, as he is in spring training in Arizona.
The Governor’s Award is the only honor that is voted on by the entire team. The other awards are decided by the coaching staff.
Here were some of the other awards that were presented at the dinner, according to a press release:
CAREY BREWBAKER AWARD -- Most Valuable Defensive Lineman
Natanu Mageo -- Force from his defensive tackle spot who was called a "blue-collar" player by the coaching staff.
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE BACK
Earl Wolff -- Third-leading tackler on the team.
MOST VALUABLE LINEBACKER
Nate Irving -- Tied as leading tackler on team, led Pack with 20.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks
JIM RITCHER AWARD -- Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (includes tight end)
Jake Vermiglio -- Honorable mention All-ACC performer who didn’t allow a sack until the last game of the season.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Taylor Gentry -- Won the award for the second time; he led the team in special-teams tackles (28), knockdowns (17) and snaps (271).
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE BACK
Russell Wilson -- Led the ACC in passing yards per game and total offense per game and tied for seventh nationally in points responsible for.
MIKE HARDY AWARD -- Player who demonstrates a winning attitude and plays above his capabilities.
Jarvis Williams -- Finished his career ranked fifth in school history in career receptions.
BO REIN AWARD -- Player who makes a vital contribution in an unsung role
George Bryan (TE) -- Earned first-team All-ACC honors for the second straight season.
BOB WARREN AWARD -- Integrity and Sportsmanship
David Akinniyi (DT) -- Quiet player who led by example and earned a starting role in his one season with the Pack
AL MICHAELS AWARD -- Player who puts team before self
Audie Cole (LB) -- Tied for the team lead in tackles with 97.
KEN McNEILL IRON WOLF AWARD – Greatest comeback from injury
Nate Irving (LB) -- Missed the 2009 season after suffering multiple injuries in a horrific car crash and went on to earn All-ACC honors.
EARLE EDWARDS AWARD -- Letterman with highest GPA
David Akinniyi (DE) -- Posted a 3.816 GPA as a business major.
GARY ROWE AWARD -- Most season receptions
Owen Spencer -- Pulled down 60 catches in 2010 to lead the team, he was a second-team All-ACC performer
Russell Wilson, Jarvis Williams, Nate Irving -- Voted on by their teammates prior to the season.
OFFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Daniel Imhoff (QB)
DEFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER -- Zach Powell (DB)