Kirlew Named MVP at Football Banquet
Nov. 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew earned the 2008 Anthony Thompson MVP Award, head coach Bill Lynch announced at the team banquet on Sunday afternoon at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. Lynch also recognized the team's 17 seniors, captains Christopher Phillips, Marcus Thigpen and Will Patterson, and handed out 13 additional season-ending awards.
Kirlew, who was added to the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award during the season, finished second in the Big Ten in sacks (10.5) and 14th nationally (0.88 per game), and second in the league in tackles for loss (19.5) and fifth nationally (1.62 per game). In conference action only, Kirlew paced the Big Ten with 15 tackles for loss and finished tied for third with seven sacks.
The Orlando native recorded a sack in six of his last eight games. He posted two against Wisconsin, his third multi-sack game of the season and the fourth of his career. His team- and career-high 10.5 sacks are good for fourth place on IU's single-season list, and his 16.5 career sacks are a half-sack behind Joe Huff for fifth place on the school's career chart.
Although he did not collect a sack at No. 8 Penn State, the Orlando native set a career high with 11 tackles, five solo, and forced his second fumble of the season. He started his six-game sack streak with 2.5 sacks at Minnesota and also tallied 10 tackles to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, the second-best total of his career. Kirlew set a new career mark with nine solo stops against No. 22 Northwestern, and he ended the year second on the Hoosiers with 74 total tackles and tied for the team lead with 53 solos on the year.
Kirlew added three tackles for loss and one forced fumble vs. NU, while his sack of Mike Kafka resulted in a 24-yard loss. He moved into a share of fourth place with Nathan Davis (1993-96) on the school's career tackles for loss chart with one at Purdue to give him 37 in his career. Kirlew led the team with his 19.5 tackles for loss this year, which was good for fourth on the Hoosiers' single-season list, and he has 11 multi-TFL games in his career and seven this season. He collected at least three tackles for loss three times, has at least one TFL in eight of his last nine games and in 10 of 12 games this season.
Additionally, Kirlew 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.
Fifth-year senior holder/quarterback Dustin Hass 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, Hass served as the team's holder his final two seasons. The Oconto, Wis., native was a pivotal part of the special teams unit that converted 21-of-23 field goals and all 49 extra points in 2007, contributing to Austin Starr's All-America status. Hass also served as the senior member of the team's quarterbacks unit and served as one of the Hoosiers' leaders on and off the field.
Senior defensive back Joe Kleinsmith and fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Marando shared the "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.
An invaluable member of the Hoosier secondary, Kleinsmith filled in for the injured Austin Thomas at strong safety, starting seven games throughout the season. Kleinsmith, who also served as the team's place-kicker as a true freshman, closed out 2008 third on the team with a career-high 56 tackles, 41 solo, and collected the first sack of his career at Illinois
Marando began his Hoosier career buried on the depth chart at linebacker before moving to defensive end during 2007 spring practice. He has excelled ever since and finished his career with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to go along with four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 25 games at defensive end. The Lakewood, Ohio, native led the Hoosiers and shared third in the Big Ten with his three forced fumbles in addition to ranking fourth on the team with 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in 10 starts this year.
Junior offensive lineman Pete Saxon 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.
Battling injuries and playing two positions on the offensive line this season, Saxon started 10 games and played in 11 contests. Saxon started the first five ballgames of the year at left guard before moving to center prior to the sixth game of the season vs. Iowa, a position he played the rest of 2008. After starting as a true freshman, Saxon has started 28 of the last 31 games with 23 of those starts at left guard and his last five starts at center.
Senior linebacker Geno Johnson 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 the War prior to retiring in 1942.
A four-year starter at strong-side linebacker, Johnson finished his career with 182 career tackles, 64 solo, along with four sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He concluded his senior campaign with 50 tackles, 33 solo, with two sacks and four tackles for loss. Johnson played in 48 career games with 37 starts.
Senior wide receiver Brandon Walker-Roby 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.
The Indianapolis native appeared in 45 career games and played in at least 10 games each season, including 10 as a true freshman. Walker-Roby ended his four-year stint with 26 receptions, 236 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 14 kicks for 199 yards and added 435 all-purpose yards.
Fifth-year senior kicker Austin Starr 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.
The 2007 Academic All-American earned first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V honors for the third straight year. Starr, a biology major and chemistry minor, is also a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition), the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) National Sportsmanship Award and a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy (nation's top scholar-athlete). Starr earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third time in his career last season and became the second Hoosier to ever earn All-America honors both on and off the field.
Starr also earned the inaugural 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-present).
A finalist for the Lou Groza Award and All-American in 2007, Starr became just the fifth kicker in school history to break the 40-field goal mark with two at Illinois. Starr finished tied for fourth on the school's career field goals list (43), fourth on the career extra points (103) list and sixth on the career points (232) list. In 2007, Starr was named first team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second team by the coaches to become Indiana's first All-Big Ten first team selection at kicker since Bill Manolopoulos in 1993. He set a school record with 21 field goals (21-for-23) and 48 extra points (48-for-48), both of which had been set by former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich.
Sophomore linebacker Tyler Replogle 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.
Making just the second start of his career at weak-side linebacker, Replogle had a career day against the Boilermakers. He made a career-high 19 tackles, nine solo, and recorded his first career sack in the third quarter. It marked the most tackles by a Hoosier in a game this season and the most since Austin Thomas had 22 stop at Michigan State in the 2007 campaign.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Greg Brown 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.
A mainstay at defensive tackle since making his first start as a redshirt freshman in 2005, Brown appeared in 48 games with 40 starts, including 37 straight to wrap up his career. The Centerville, Ohio, product concluded his career with 146 tackles, 90 solo, to go along with five sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
Fifth-year senior running back Marcus Thigpen, Kirlew and Replogle collected the Hoosier Big Play Maker Awards on offense, defense and special teams, respectively.
True freshmen running back Darius Willis and offensive lineman Will Matte shared Offensive Scout of the Year honors, while true freshmen defensive lineman Nicholas Sliger and linebacker Chad Sherer shared Defensive Scout of the Year accolades. True freshman wide receiver Kyle Dietrick collected Special Teams Scout of the Year recognition.
Ten Hoosiers earned entrance into the One-Play Warrior Club. The club is reserved for players who make outstanding contributions on special teams each week. Junior Brandon Bugg, sophomore Trea Burgess, junior Justin Carrington, sophomore Mitchell Evans, redshirt freshman Chris Hagerup, redshirt freshman Darius Johnson, sophomore Tyler Replogle, fifth-year senior Austin Starr, sophomore Terrance Thomas and senior Brandon Walker-Roby each earned entry into the club this season.
2008 INDIANA FOOTBALL AWARDS
Anthony Thompson MVP Award - Jammie Kirlew
Pete Schmidt "Team Above Self" Award - Dustin Hass
Don Howell "Outstanding Offensive Lineman" Award - Pete Saxon
Chris Dal Sasso "Outstanding Defensive Lineman" Award - Jammie Kirlew
Corby Davis Memorial Award - Geno Johnson
Ted Verlihay "Mental Attitude and Loyalty" Award - Brandon Walker-Roby
Ted Whereatt "Senior Academic Excellence" Award - Austin Starr
Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award - Tyler Replogle
Howard Brown Award - Greg Brown
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