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UNI Football Holds Year-End Awards Banquet
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 01/16/2012

The University of Northern Iowa football team held its 2011 awards banquet on Sun., Jan. 15, in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers were recognized for the honors and accolades that followed a 10-3 season, a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship, and a berth in the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals.

2011 awards presented included:

Defensive Back Hammer Award - Garrett Scott
Defensive Line Hammer Award - Ben Boothby
Super Hammer Award - L.J. Fort

Don Erusha Offensive Lineman Award - Jay Teply

Scout Team Offensive MVP: Sam Rohr

Scout Team Defensive MVP: Isaac Ales

Most Valuable Players (as voted on by the team):
Special Teams - Tyler Sievertsen
Offensive - Tirrell Rennie
Defensive - L.J. Fort

Oil Can Award - Augie Hadenfeldt

2011 UNI Football Honors

Team
Ranked as high as No. 2 in The Sports Network and coaches' polls
Finished the season at No. 5 in the FCS Coaches Poll
Finished the season at No. 6 in The Sports Network Top 25 Poll
Between the two polls:   10 of the last 11 seasons in the Top 25
                                   6 of the last 11 seasons in the Top 5
6th season with at least 10 wins since 2001
Share of 16th MVFC Championship and 7th title since 2001
12th appearance in the FCS Quarterfinals
No. 11 nationally in turnover margin
No. 12 nationally in scoring defense
No. 1 in MVFC in pass defense

L.J. Fort
FCS national leader in total tackles (184) and tackles per game (14.15)
Set UNI single-season record for tackles (184)
No. 2 in all of Division I football (FBS & FCS combined) in total tackles and tackles per game
Runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS national defensive player of the year)
FCS National Defensive Player of the Year (College Sporting News)
FCS National Defensive Player of the Year (College Sports Madness)
FCS Linebacker of the Year (College Football Performance Awards)
MVFC Defensive Player of the Year
Walter Camp FCS All-American
First team All-American (The Sports Network)
First team All-American (Phil Steele)
First team All-American (College Sports Madness)
First team All-American (Beyond Sports College Network)
Third team All-American (Associated Press)
First team All-MVFC
Co-Defensive National Player of the Week (The Sports Network - Dec. 5)
MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following Illinois State (11/19)

Ben Boothby
Finished 9th in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS national defensive player of the year)
Semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy (academic Heisman)
Capital One Academic All-American (first team)
Capital One Academic All-District (first team)
FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team
One of 12 finalists for FCS Athletic Directors Association $5,000 postgraduate scholarship
FCS Defensive Tackle of the Year (College Football Performance Awards)
AFCA FCS All American
First team All-American (Associated Press)
First team All-American (Phil Steele)
First team All-American (College Sports Madness)
Fabulous 50 FCS All-American Team (College Sporting News)
Second team All-American (The Sports Network)
First team MVFC All-Academic Team
First team All-MVFC
MVFC leader in tackles-for-loss (18.5)
Finalist for ARA Sportsmanship Award
Missouri Valley Conference State Farm "Good Neighbor Award"
Winner of the Variety Trophy - presented by Variety Children's Charity to most outstanding UNI senior

Tyler Sievertsen
2nd in FCS in field goal percentage (18-of-20, 90 percent)
First team All-American (Beyond Sports College Network)
Second team All-American (The Sports Network)
Second team All-American (Phil Steele)
Third team All-American (Associated Press)
One of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award (nation's top FCS, D2, D3, NAIA or NJCAA kicker)
First team All-MVFC
MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week following Illinois State (11/19)
MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week following Indiana State (10/8)
MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week following Iowa State (9/3)

Jay Teply
Third team All-American (Beyond Sports College Network)
First team All-MVFC
MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Southern Utah (11/12)

David Johnson
Finished fourth in voting for the Jerry Rice Award (nation's top FCS freshman)
Runner-up for MVFC Freshman of the Year
Finished fourth for MVFC Newcomer of the Year
MVFC All-Newcomer Team
Honorable mention All-MVFC
MVFC Newcomer of the Week following Stephen F. Austin (9/10)
MVFC Newcomer of the Week following Iowa State (9/3)

Tirrell Rennie
Finished 12th in voting for the Walter Payton Award (nation's top FCS player)
First team All-MVFC
Runner-up for MVFC Offensive Player of the Year for second consecutive season
MVFC Offensive Player of the Week following Stephen F. Austin (9/10)

Varmah Sonie
First team All-MVFC

Jordan Smith
Second team All-MVFC
MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following Stephen F. Austin (9/10)

Jarred Herring
Capital One Academic All-District (first team)
First team MVFC All-Academic team
Honorable mention All-MVFC

Darren Branch
Honorable mention All-MVFC

Kyle Bernard
Second team MVFC All-Academic team

Jared Lanpher
MVFC Newcomer of the Week following Youngstown State (11/5)

 


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