Senior defensive end Chris Carter was selected as the Most Valuable Player on the team by his fellow teammates. Carter was presented the top award by head coach Pat Hill. Carter leads the team in sacks with 11 on the year and is among the top 10 in the country in sacking the quarterback. Carter has 16.5 tackles for a loss of 94 yards, which is the most on the team. In addition to his MVP honors, Carter was also named the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.
For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs voted senior Lorne Bell the Most Inspirational Player on the squad. Bell overcame a serious injury and has become a driving force on the Bulldog defense. He tallied 10 tackles against Big 10 for Illinois and accumulated a total of 70 tackles this season. The safety also recorded an interception.
Senior Ben Jacobs was recognized as the Most Valuable Defensive Back. The linebacker started every game in his career for a streak of 51 consecutive starts as a Bulldog. Jacobs leads the team in tackles with 80 and has one sack on the year. He has been named an All-WAC linebacker the past two seasons and is one of the best linebackers in the conference.
On the offensive side, sophomore Robbie Rouse was named Most Valuable Offensive Back. Rouse became the first true sophomore to run for over 1,000 yards in Bulldog history. The running back rushed for a total of 1,097 yards and eight touchdowns. Rouse became the first Bulldog to have back-to-back games with over 200 yards rushing, which he did against Louisiana Tech and Nevada.
For the second straight year, place kicker Kevin Goessling was named Special Teams Most Valuable Player. Goessling has become almost automatic for the Dogs. He has connected on 32 of his last 36 attempts, including setting a record of 18 consecutive field goals made. He's a two-time Groza Award Semifinalist. He was named the national kicker of the week for his performance against Idaho in which he made all three field goal attempts.
Senior defensive back Desia Dunn was honored with the Don Duncan Over Achiever Award. A former walk-on, Dunn earned a scholarship with his hard work and consistent play. He has been Fresno State's top cornerback the last two seasons. Dunn has 56 tackles and two interceptions in 2010.
For the Director's Academic Award, the recognition went to senior Vince Pascoe. The fullback earned Academic All-American honors by ESPN in 2010. A two-time Academic All-WAC selection, who will contend for the honor again this year. Pascoe also earned Academic All-District honors during his career as a Bulldog. Pascoe has five receptions for 50 yards this season.
Senior Devan Cunningham earned Most Valuable Offensive Lineman honors. The left guard is most famous for catching a deflected pass in 2009 against Illinois and scoring the two-point conversion lifting the Bulldogs past the Fighting Illini, 53-52.
The Scout Team Awards were given to redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Stirewalt and freshman defensive lineman Tyler Davison. Team captains were also highlighted and honored for their leadership.
Here's a breakdown of the awards handed out during the ceremony:
Don Duncan Over Achiever Award: Desia Dunn
Dick Duncan Scout Team Player (Offense): Tyler Stirewalt
Dick Duncan Scout Team Player (Defense): Tyler Davison
Team Captain (Offense): Ryan Colburn
Team Captain (Defense) : Ben Jacobs
Team Captain (Special Teams): Andrew Shapiro
Most Valuable Lineman (Offense): Devan Cunningham
Most Valuable Lineman (Defense): Chris Carter
Most Valuable Back (Offense): Robbie Rouse
Most Valuable Back (Defense): Ben Jacobs
Special Teams Player of the Year: Kevin Goessling
Director's Academic Award: Vince Pascoe
Most Inspirational Player: Lorne Bell
Most Valuable Player: Chris Carter