Kirlew Named MVP for Second Straight Year at Football Banquet
Nov. 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fifth-year senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew earned the 2009 Anthony Thompson MVP Award, head coach Bill Lynch announced at the team banquet on Sunday afternoon at the Henke Hall of Champions. Lynch also recognized the team's 21 seniors, captains Will Patterson, Jammie Kirlew, Rodger Saffold and Ben Chappell, and handed out 13 additional season-ending awards.
Kirlew, who also was named IU's most valuable player last year, finished the season in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. The Orlando native was sixth in the league and 23rd nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, tied for sixth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with five forced fumbles and shared third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally with two fumble recoveries.
He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being named a first team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's preseason magazine and Sporting News and preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports. Lindy's also rated him the eighth-best defensive end in the country.
Kirlew had at least one sack in six games and at least one TFL in 10 contests this season. In Big Ten games only, Kirlew tied for second with four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He finished fifth on the team with 62 tackles and third with 49 solo stops.
Fifth-year senior running back Bryan Payton was named the Pete Schmidt "Team Above Self" Award winner. This award is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of former Indiana Assistant Head Coach Pete Schmidt, most specifically to the individual who places the Indiana Football program above himself. One of the most highly successful coaches in college football history, Schmidt passed away on September 29, 2000, after a year-long battle with lymphoma. "There is no such thing as a bad day," Schmidt would often say, and it best describes the manner in which he lived his life.
A consummate team player, Payton finished his career with 909 yards, 224 attempts, a 4.1 average and seven touchdowns. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native closed out 2009 with 153 yards on 40 attempts, good for a 3.8 average, to go along with one score. Payton was also named a game captain three times this year.
Fifth-year senior defensive back Collin Taylor received the Al Barsch "Hang Tough" Award, given to the player who has hung tough and fought through adversity. Al Barsch was an alumnus from Ohio who helped Indiana in recruiting and assisted players in finding jobs in the Cleveland area. He died of cancer in the mid-1980s.
Taylor began his career as a wideout before moving to the secondary late in 2008. An invaluable member of the Hoosier special teams unit, Taylor received his shot at safety against Illinois and was a mainstay in the secondary the remainder of the season. He started against the Fighting Illini, at Northwestern and at Iowa and posted 22 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery overall. Taylor also made his way into the team's One-Play Warrior Club.
Senior left tackle Rodger Saffold is the Don Howell "Outstanding Offensive Lineman" Award recipient, given to the outstanding offensive lineman in memory of Don Howell. Howell was a two-way lineman from Hobart, Ind. He played for the Hoosiers from 1954-57 and served as the team's captain in 1957. After graduation he returned to his hometown and later served as the head coach at Hobart High School, where he won over 300 games to rank as one of the state's all-time winningest high school head coaches.
Saffold never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign. He started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he protected quarterback Ben Chappell's blind side and the Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks, which ranked second in the Big Ten.
Senior defensive end Greg Middleton took home the Chris Dal Sasso "Outstanding Defensive Lineman" Award, given to the defensive lineman who exemplifies the qualities of Chris Dal Sasso, a three-year letterman and captain in 1936. Following graduation, Dal Sasso spent 15 years at South Bend Central High School as an assistant coach, head coach and athletic director. His tenure there was interrupted by a four-year stint in the Air Force. Dal Sasso joined the Indiana coaching staff in 1952 as an assistant coach, where he served in that capacity until taking over an assistant administrator position in 1957. In this position, he handled the Big Ten financial aid program.
A 2007 All-American, Middleton finished his career tied for third with Kirlew on the school's career sacks list with 23. He led the nation with 16 sacks in 2007 and became the first defensive lineman since 1997 to earn first team All-Big Ten honors. Middleton was named to the 2009 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List after finding himself on the Ted Hendricks, Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Rotary Lombardi and Lott Trophy Watch Lists in 2008.
Fifth-year senior tight end Brian Zematis earned the Corby Davis Memorial Award, which was established by the family and friends of Corby Davis to honor a senior player whose conduct on campus, in the classroom and on the football field most closely exemplifies the qualities of former Big Ten MVP Corby Davis. Davis, a 1992 inductee into the IU Hall of Fame, earned letters in football in 1934, 1935 and 1937 and lettered in track in 1935. He was the Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American in 1937. The fullback was a first round pick of the Cleveland Rams. His four-year professional career was broken up because he served in World War II prior to retiring in 1942.
Zematis began his career at defensive end, where he recorded one sack as a sophomore, before moving to tight end that same season. A physical blocker, he also was an important cog in the team's special teams unit. Additionally, Zematis collected three Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Senior lineman Pete Saxon is this year's Ted Verlihay "Mental Attitude and Loyalty" Award winner. The honor is bestowed upon the player who has demonstrated the best mental attitude and loyalty to Indiana Football. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Ted Verlihay earned a letter following the 1967 football season. He was a physical education major at IU.
Another mainstay on the offensive line since his true freshman campaign, Saxon played both guard positions and center in his career. Battling an assortment of injuries throughout his career, he still made 38 starts and played in 42 career games. Saxon earned the Don Howell "Outstanding Offensive Lineman" Award last season.
Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Mike Reiter won the Ted Whereatt Senior Academic Excellence Award, which is given to the senior who has excelled academically. Ted Whereatt was a long-time resident of the Indiana University community. He served as an Assistant to the Dean of University Division. In his capacity, he counseled student-athletes with their educational program.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Reiter played in 17 games in his career and nine contests with starts vs. Illinois and at Northwestern in 2009. Last season, Reiter started twice at left guard, once at center and once at right guard.
Senior middle linebacker Matt Mayberry received the Howard Brown Award. This award is given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of former IU assistant coach Howard Brown. Brown demonstrated compassion, courage, understanding, humor, sportsmanship and a strong competitive spirit as a player, coach and as a man. He was the team MVP in 1945 and again in 1947 and captained the squad in 1946 and 1947. Brown played as a freshman in 1942 before joining the Infantry. He won three Purple Hearts while serving in Europe and returned to Bloomington after the start of the 1945 season.
Mayberry started the final 24 games of his career in the middle and led the team with 108 tackles and 61 solos in 2009. He ended the year fifth in the Big Ten with 9.0 tackles per game, third in league games only (10.5), and he finished second on the Hoosiers with 11 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions. Mayberry closed out his career with nine double-digit tackle games, at least 10 stops in eight of his final 11 conference contests, owned the team's highest single-game tackle total in 2009 (15) and led the team in tackles eight times.
Senior weak-side linebacker Will Patterson earned the Harold Mauro Award. The award is given to the Indiana University football player that best exemplifies valued qualities demonstrated by Harold Mauro to Indiana University and the Bloomington community. Mauro has participated in every Indiana bowl game as either a player, assistant coach or administrator and was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He played for the Hoosiers from 1963-67, served as a graduate assistant (1968), an assistant coach (1969-72, 77-83), an administrator (1984-04) and the director of football operations (2005-pres.).
A two-year captain, Patterson led all current Hoosiers with 173 solo tackles and finished second with 267 tackles in 38 career starts. He led the team in tackles four times in 2009, had two double-figure tackle games and eight in his career. Patterson ended the year 29th in the Big Ten with 6.1 tackles per game and shared third on the team with 67 stops to go along with 1.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.
Junior wide receiver Mitchell Evans collected the Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award. This award is given to the player who makes the biggest impact in the Old Oaken Bucket Game and is in memory of former Hoosier great Terry Cole (1965-67). Cole, who played running back and fullback, saved the best performance of his career for his final game at Memorial Stadium. He recorded a 63-yard touchdown run and a 48-yard dash to set up another score, as Indiana defeated Purdue, 19-14, to bring the Bucket back to Bloomington. The win gave the Hoosiers a share of the Big Ten Championship and punched their ticket to Pasadena - the school's only Rose Bowl appearance. Cole finished his brilliant career with 1,059 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Evans finished the game with 10 catches for 112 yards, both career highs, a 12-yard touchdown reception, one tackle on special teams and he took one snap at quarterback in the Wildcat formation. He became the first Hoosier with 10 catches since James Hardy had 10 against Purdue in 2007. It marked the first 100-yard game of Evans' career. The West Milton, Ohio, native closed out the season with 33 catches for 366 yards and three scores.
Fifth-year seniors tight end Troy Wagner and running back Demetrius McCray secured the Hoosier Big Player Maker Awards on offense. Fifth-year senior safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk carded the honors on defense, while senior kick returner Ray Fisher gathered the special teams honor.
True freshmen offensive linemen Colin Rodkey and Aaron Price along with running back Nick Turner shared Offensive Scout of the Year honors, while redshirt freshman safety Kyle Dietrick and sophomore defensive end Kevin Bush shared Defensive Scout of the Year accolades. True freshman running back and Bloomington native David Blackwell collected Special Teams Scout of the Year recognition.
Eleven Hoosiers earned entrance into the One-Play Warrior Club. The club is reserved for players who make outstanding contributions on special teams each week. Fifth-year senior Brandon Bugg, junior Trea Burgess, fifth-year senior Justin Carrington, sophomore Tandon Doss, sophomore Matt Ernest, junior Mitchell Evans, senior Ray Fisher, redshirt freshman Nick Freeland, sophomore Chris Hagerup, fifth-year senior Bryan Payton and fifth-year senior Collin Taylor each earned entry into the club this season.
2009 INDIANA FOOTBALL AWARDS
Anthony Thompson MVP Award - Jammie Kirlew
Pete Schmidt "Team Above Self" Award - Bryan Payton
Al Barsch "Hang Tough" Award - Collin Taylor
Don Howell "Outstanding Offensive Lineman" Award - Rodger Saffold
Chris Dal Sasso "Outstanding Defensive Lineman" Award - Greg Middleton
Corby Davis Memorial Award - Brian Zematis
Ted Verlihay "Mental Attitude and Loyalty" Award - Pete Saxon
Ted Whereatt "Senior Academic Excellence" Award - Mike Reiter
Howard Brown Award - Matt Mayberry
Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award - Mitchell Evans
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