Illinois sophomore wide receiver Arrelious Benn received the MVP award at the football team banquet Saturday.
Illinois sophomore wide receiver Arrelious Benn received the MVP award at the football team banquet Saturday. Benn, who finished with 1,055 yards receiving and became the first Illini receiver with 1,000 or more since 2002, had four consecutive games with 100 yards or more receiving.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui earned most improved after catching 25 passes, 18 more than his first two years combined. Running back Jason Ford and defensive tackle Corey Liuget shared rookie of the year.
Top position awards went to: quarterback Juice Williams (offensive back), guard Jon Asamoah (offensive line), defensive end Derek Walker (defensive line), linebacker Brit Miller (linebacker), cornerback Dere Hicks (secondary), and placekicker Matt Eller and defensive back Nate Bussey (special teams).
Other award winners were: defensive tackle David Lindquist (Wright Commitment of Excellence), offensive tackle Xavier Fulton (Bruce Capel Award for courage, dedication and accomplishment), center Ryan McDonald (scholar athlete), and wide receiver Jarred Fayson and defensive end Whitney Mercilus (scout team players of the year).
Former Illini running back Kameno Bell, an associate team physician for the New York Giants, received the Monsignor Duncan Award for dedication to community and exemplary integrity.