Football Postseason Awards Announced|
Jan. 3, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Sack leader James Dunlap (defense), veteran tight end Austin Harrington (offense), record-setting returner Deante' Purvis (co-special teams) and return-coverage standout Mike Horsey (co-special teams) were named UNLV football's most valuable players as Head Coach Bobby Hauck announced his program's season-ending awards.
Dunlap (Pasadena, CA) started every game at end and ranked second in the Mountain West and 37th in the nation with 14.5 tackles for loss, including 6.5 quarterback sacks. The former junior-college transfer also tied for sixth in the league with three forced fumbles to go with his 47 total tackles. Dunlap also received the Bill "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational Award.
Harrington (Grapevine, TX) played in every game and hauled in 15 catches for 164 yards, including a memorable 23-yard touchdown grab on a fake field goal play vs. Southern Utah.
Purvis (Pinole, CA) became the first UNLV kick returner since 2003 to earn All-MW honors when he was named second team. He finished as the all-time leader in school and conference history with 112 returns for 2,626 yards. He took back 41 attempts this year for exactly 1,000 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown that helped swing the momentum in his team's favor in a victory over Colorado State. Purvis shared the special teams honor with Horsey (Baltimore, MD), a redshirt freshman reserve defensive back who made his mark with 13 total tackles on kick coverage. Horsey also picked up the Jack Gilmore Coaches Award, which is annually given to a current or former walk-on player who excelled on the field.
Five other team awards were announced:
Another senior, defensive back and team captain Quinton Pointer (Fort Myers, FL), won the Rene Arceneaux Award, which is given to a player who has demonstrated exemplary improvement in academic progress.
The squad's other captain, linebacker Nate Carter (Las Vegas), who also wore the Battle Born Jersey No. 36, was voted winner of the "Doc" Tobler Senior Award, which goes to a final-year player who brings the highest credit to himself and the university.
Two players - defensive lineman Matt Kravetz (Las Vegas) and safety Mike Clausen (Riverside, CA) -- earned the Robert Cline Award, which annually goes to a senior or seniors who demonstrated a strong commitment to the team, university and community while also showing good sportsmanship on the field.
2011 UNLV FOOTBALL AWARDS Most Valuable Player - Defense James Dunlap, DE, Senior Most Valuable Player - Offense Austin Harrington, TE, Senior Most Valuable Players - Special Teams Deante' Purvis, KR, Senior & Mike Horsey, DB, Freshman Rene Arceneaux Award Quinton Pointer, DB, Senior Robert Cline Award Matt Kravetz, DL, Senior & Mike Clausen, DB, Senior Jack Gilmore Coaches Award Mike Horsey, DB, Freshman "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational James Dunlap, DL, Senior "Doc" Tobler Senior Award Nate Carter, LB, Senior Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Prince Oroke, RB, Freshman Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Peni Vea, DB, Freshman