Sunday, December 12, 2010
Football: Jurrell Casey named USC's MVP
By Pedro Moura
Junior defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was named USC's Most Valuable Player at the team's annual banquet Sunday at the Galen Center.
Casey, a two-year starter for the Trojans who also earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors this season, led the team in sacks and tackles for a loss. He also won the defensive version of the Lineman of the Year award for the second consecutive season. The offensive linemen winner was junior Tyron Smith.
Both Smith and Casey are currently in the process of deciding whether or not to return to USC for their senior seasons or enter early into the 2011 NFL Draft.
Other Sunday winners included senior fullback Stanley Havili as Most Inspirational Player, linebacker Chris Galippo as Special Teams Player of the Year and freshmen D.J. Morgan and George Uko as Service Team Players of the Year.
The rest of the list of award-winners, as announced at the banquet:
Player of the Game versus UCLA: running back Allen Bradford
Jack Oakie “Rise and Shine” Award (year’s longest run): Bradford
Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement): linebacker Augusto Alonso
Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): wide receiver Robert Woods
John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit): Woods
Joe Collins Walk-on Award: safety Tony Burnett
Courage Award: defensive tackle Christian Tupou
Co-Lifters Award: Tupou, Havili