2013 Team Awards Announced|
Dec. 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV football season went so well in 2013 that six players shared the three major awards handed out by head coach Bobby Hauck Sunday night at the South Point Hotel.
Enjoying the program's first team banquet since 2009, the Rebels took a break from preparing for their upcoming New Year's Day bowl appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl to hand out a lot of hardware.
Senior quarterback Caleb Herring and junior wide receiver Devante Davis were named Co-Offensive Players of the Year. Herring (Moreno Valley, Calif.) has thrown for 2,522 yards and 22 touchdowns to go with just four interceptions after taking over under center early in Game Three. His completion percentage of 64.3 is on pace to break Randall Cunningham's school single-season record of 62.4 percent set in 1984. Davis (Galena Park, Texas) leads the Rebels with 77 receptions for 1,194 yards and a school-record 14 touchdown catches. He is just the second 1,000-yard receiver at UNLV since 1994 and his current total ranks third in a season by a Rebel.
On defense, senior linebacker Tani Maka and sophomore safety Peni Vea shared the MVP award. Maka, (Long Beach, Calif.), a team captain, ranks second on the squad with 87 tackles and has a team-leading 6.5 tackles for loss. Vea (Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i) leads the team with 97 tackles and has two interceptions.
Two young Rebels were named Co-Special Teams Players of the Year, which was decided using a point system. Sophomore defensive back David Greene (Dallas, Texas) and redshirt freshman linebacker Marc Philippi (Las Vegas) each were cited for the work on punt and kickoff teams and also both return teams.
Six other team awards were announced:
Another senior, defensive tackle Tyler Gaston (North Las Vegas) won the Rene Arceneaux Award, which is given to a player who has demonstrated exemplary improvement in academic progress.
Senior linebacker Tim Hasson (Las Vegas) earned the Robert Cline Award, which annually goes to a senior who demonstrated a strong commitment to the team, university and community while also showing good sportsmanship on the field.
Linebacker Dominic Morales (Las Vegas), who competed hard in positions all over the scout teams this fall, picked up the Jack Gilmore Coaches Award, which is given to a current or former walk-on player who excelled on the field.
Defensive tackle Alex Klorman (Las Vegas) and receiver Maika Mataele (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) were voted co-winners of the "Doc" Tobler Senior Award, which goes to a final-year player who brings the highest credit to himself and the university.
Senior running back Tim Cornett (Galena Park, Texas), who is the leading rusher in school history and ranks second in Mountain West history with 3,700 yards, shared the Bill "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational Award with Herring.
UNLV (7-5/5-3 Mountain West) will be making a bowl trip outside of Las Vegas for the first time in nearly three decades when it takes on North Texas (8-4/6-2 Conference USA) at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium at 9:00 a.m. PT on ESPNU. Tickets are $75 apiece (UNLV students with valid I.D. are $20 apiece with a limit of two) and available now by calling (702) 739-FANS (3267) or visiting www.unlvtickets.com.
2013 UNLV FOOTBALL AWARDS
Rene Arceneaux Award Tyler Gaston, DL, Senior
Robert Cline Award Tim Hasson, LB, Senior
Jack Gilmore Coaches Award Dominic Morales, LB, Senior