Football

    Randle El and Williams Awarded Anthony Thompson MVP Award

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    December 10, 2001

    Bloomington, Ind. -- The Indiana football program held its annual post-season awards banquet this past Saturday at the Mellencamp Pavilion on the Indiana University campus. During the banquet, graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill./Thornton) and senior running back Levron Williams (Evansville, Ind./Bosse), both of whom have been awarded All-America honors from different media outlets, were recognized as co-winners of the Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player for the 2001 season.

    Randle El, who has already earned his degree, has re-written the Indiana and NCAA record books during his career. Earlier this month, the dual-threat signal caller finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, won the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football award as the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player, and was the Big Ten's Offensive Player-of-the-Year as selected by Big Ten media and coaches. Randle El has rushed for more yards (3,895) than any quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history and in 44 career games passed for 7,469 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 3,895 yards and 44 scores.

    Randle El also finished fifth on the NCAA Division I-A total yardage list with 11,364 yards and is the only player in major college football history to record 2,500 total yards in four consecutive seasons. He is the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 40 touchdowns and score 40 touchdowns and finished his career with 42 touchdown passes and 45 touchdowns rushing and receiving. He is also the only Division I-A player to pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards in a career.

    Williams was one of only two Big Ten players to be recognized as a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, joining defensive tackle Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin. Both players were unanimous picks by the media. In 11 games, Williams carried 212 times for 1,401 yards (6.6 ypc average) and 17 touchdowns. He also led the team in receptions with 26 for 289 yards and 2 scores and is currently leading the country in all-purpose yardage with 200.1 yards per game. Williams finished his career with 452 carries for 3,095 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also caught 94 passes for 1,088 yards and 7 scores. In doing so, he became one of only a handful of players in NCAA Division I-A history to record 3,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards. Randle El and Williams also became only the third rushing tandem in major college football history to both record 3,000 career rushing yards on the same team at the same time.

    Other awards presented at the banquet are as follows:

    Senior Participation Awards

    Managers: Kacey Carlton, Joe Dlugokinski, Mike Graham, Kevin Now, Brian Wilson
    Trainers: Justin Creasey, Amy Reinhart

    Outstanding Special Teams Award

    Junior Brian Lewis (St. Louis, Mo./Pattonville)

    Terry Smith Exceptional Walk-On Award

    Senior punter J.R. Drummond (Seymour, Ind./Seymour)

    The Hoosier Club
    To be named to the club:
    Must reach the the following criteria in 8 of 11 games (wins over Purdue and Kentucky pay double)
    • Grade out 80 percent or better
    • Play at least 20 downs on a defensive unit that shuts out an opponent or on an offensive unit that scores 30 points in a game

    Junior defensive end Derek Barnett (Evansville, Ind./Harrison)
    Junior linebacker Ron Bethel (Louisville, Ky./Ballard)
    Junior tackle Bobby Brandt (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township)
    Junior safety A.C. Carter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton)
    Junior guard Enoch DeMar (Indianapolis, Ind./Arsenal Tech)
    Junior tight end Kris Dielman (Troy, Ohio/Troy)
    Graduate cornerback Marcus Floyd (Bartow, Fla./Bartow)
    Senior long snapper Colin Frost (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central)
    Junior safety Joe Gonzalez (Avon Lake, Ohio/St. Ignatius)
    Sophomore tight end Aaron Halterman (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove)
    Junior fullback Jeremi Johnson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard)
    Junior tackle A.C. Myler (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern)
    Sophomore guard Anthony Oakley (Houston, Texas/Westbury)
    Senior center Craig Osika (Hobart, Ind./Hobart)
    Graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill./Thornton)
    Senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen (Hadley, Mich./Lapeer West)
    Senior defensive tackle Dominique Smith (Columbia, S.C./Coffeyville, Kan., J.C.)
    Senior linebacker Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central)
    Senior cornerback Sharrod Wallace (Harrisburg, Pa./Hargrave Military)
    Senior running back Levron Williams (Evansville, Ind./Bosse)

    The Iron Man Award
    Award given to the player who saw action in the most plays in the 2001 football season

    Senior linebacker Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central)

    Al Barsch Award
    Given to the player who has hung tough and fought through adversity

    Senior cornerback Sharrod Wallace (Harrisburg, Pa./Hargrave Military)

    Ted Verlihay Award
    Given to the player who has ddemonstrated the best mental attitude and loyalty to Indiana football

    Graduate cornerback Marcus Floyd (Bartow, Fla./Bartow)

    Ted Whereatt Award
    Given to a senior player who has excelled academically

    Graduate safety Greg Jensen (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North)

    Corby Davis Memorial Award
    To honor the senior player whose conduct on campusk, in the classroom, and on the football field most closely exemplifies the qualities of former Big Ten MVP Corby Davis

    Junior defensive end Derek Barnett (Evansville, Ind./Harrison)

    Chris Dal Sasso Award

    Given to the defensive lineman who exemplifies the qualities of Chris Dal Sasso, a three-year letterman and captain in 1936

    Senior defensive tackle Dominique Smith (Columbia, S.C./Coffeyville, Kan., J.C.)

    Don Howell Award
    Given to the outstanding offensive lineman in memory of Don Howell, a two-year lineman from Hobart, Ind., who played for the Hoosiers from 1954-57 and went on to become one of the most successful high school coaches in the history of the state.

    Senior center Craig Osika (Hobart, Ind./Hobart)

    Pete Schmidt Award "Team Above Self"
    Given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of former Indiana assistant head coach Pete Schmidt, most specifically the individual who places the Indiana football program above himself.

    Junior guard Enoch DeMar (Indianapolis, Ind./Arsenal Tech)

    Howard Brown Award
    Given to the playeer who exemplifies the qualities of former IU assistant coach Howard Brown.

    Senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen (Hadley, Mich./Lapeer West)

    Bill Armstrong "Spirit of Indiana" Award
    Established in 1997, The Bill Armstrong Spirit of Indiana Award is presented to a player who has a genuine love of Indiana University and most closely resembles Bill Armstrong in action, thought, deed, and motive.

    Junior tight end Kris Dielman (Troy, Ohio/Troy)

    Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player Award

    Graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill./Thornton)
    Senior running back Levron Williams (Evansville, Ind./Bosse)
     

     

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