2008 USC Football Awards

Michael PeilaCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2008

I am life long USC Football fan. I grew up in the Los Angeles area. My father and I attended many USC games at the Coliseum and several Rose Bowl games.  I love the college football atmosphere and the excitement that it brings to games.  I have read several articles regarding USC's program on this site and am impressed with the quality of writing and open-mindedness shown.

Since there are far too many weeks waiting for the bowl games, I thought I would give out some awards to members of the USC Football team to pass the time.  Most are honestly how I feel, but there are a couple that are poking fun.  For each award I will give my explanation as to why the player received the award, since most of these are not "traditional" awards.  Feel free to add your own awards and have fun with this.


2008 USC Football Awards

“All Academic” Award - Garrett Green (3.43 GPA in business administration)
Backup QB who also plays different positions.  Nice to see a true student-athlete.

“No Run Backs” Award - David Buehler
Kicker who doesn’t allow the opposition the chance to run one back all the way.

“Wrap Them Up, Beat Them Down” Award – Taylor Mays
Stud safety who either makes the sure tackle or makes a player regret getting open.

“Biggest Difference Offensive Player” Award – Damian Williams
Sure-handed fast receiver who surprised a lot of people with his impact.

“Most Outstanding Offensive Player” Award – Mark Sanchez
First full year starting and proved he is a quality QB and great leader.

“Most Reliable Offensive Player” Award – Stanley Havili
Does all the little dirty things well without fanfare or press recognition.

“I Don’t Get Enough Playing Time” Award – Broderick Green & Vidal Hazelton
Who knows the real reason they are transferring?  Maybe they should have taken into consideration what happened to Moody at Florida after he transferred.

“Best Walk-On Player” Award – Clay Matthews
Not wanted by other programs and worked himself into a great versatile player.

“Best Return Run” Award – C.J. Gable vs Stanford (93 yds)
Great kick return by an awesome running back.

“Best QB Protection” Award – Kris O’Dowd
Great lineman who will only get better.

“Most Improved Offensive Player” Award – Patrick Turner
Didn’t show much in 2007, but became clutch possession receiver.

“Best Hands (No Fumbling)” Award – Stafon Johnson
Reliable back who takes care of the ball.

“Speed” Award – Ronald Johnson
Sarkesian needed to utilize him more down field, as he was a threat to break one open at any time.

“RB With Best Upside” Award – Marc Tyler
Showed flashes of what is to come; a very fast and strong back.

“Best Defensive Lineman” Award – Kyle Moore & Fili Moala
Both were monsters terrorizing the line of scrimmage and backfields.

“DL With Best Upside” Award – Everson Griffen
Needs a little more seasoning and will become a monster DL in his own right.

“Best Freshman Defensive Player” Award – Chris Gallipo
Showed potential of becoming the next great USC LB.

“Most Outstanding Defensive Player” Award – Rey Maualuga
An animal with a motor that never quits.  Improved every year.

“Best Run From Scrimmage” Award – Joe McKnight vs UCLA
Great run that showed how good McKnight can really be when he runs forward, follows his blockers, and uses his speed in the open field.

“Best Freshman Offensive Player” Award – Blake Ayler
Was a good blocker and even better receiver before getting injured.

“Best ‘Pancake’ (Blocking) Award” – Jeff Byers
Flattens one or two defensive players every play, allowing the RB’s to run free.

“Intimidation” Award – Brian Cushing
Cushing is a beast, causing players run away from his side regularly.

“Waiting My Turn And Making The Most Of It” Award – Kaluka Maiava
What does it say about the USC linebackers when a player waits behind an All-American (Rivers) and plays just as well?

“Flying Under the Radar On Offense” Award – Anthony McCoy
Thought of as a blocking TE, but ended up being a very good receiver as well.

“Biggest Rip-Off Game” – Beating down Washington, then dropping in the polls.
The computers, polls, and the BCS all stink!

I hope you enjoyed these.  Like I said at the beginning, come and join in with your own awards.   FIGHT ON!!!!!


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