Sunday, December 6, 2009


Photo of Jim Tressel and Kurt Coleman by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior safety Kurt Coleman, who recorded 64 tackles, five interceptions and a sack during the Buckeyes Big Ten championship season, was named the team's Most Valuable Player during Sunday's Football Appreciation Banquet in Columbus.

Coleman also took home two other prestigious awards, including the Bill Willis Award (most outstanding defensive player) and the W.W. Hayes Award (outstanding player in the Michigan game).

Winning the Archie Griffin Award for most outstanding offensive player was sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Pryor, who led the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Rose Bowl, tallied 2,533 yards of total offense this season and a combined 23 touchdowns.

OTHER AWARD WINNERS: Andrew Moses (John Galbreath, academics); Zach Boren (first-year offensive player); John Simon (first-year defensive player); Ray Small (Ike Kelley, special teams standout); Ross Homan (Randy Gradishar, linebacker); Dane Sanzenbacher (Paul Warfield, receiver); Brandon Saine and Dan "Boom" Herron (Rex Kern, outstanding offensive back); Anderson Russell (Arnie, defensive back); Dan Potokar (Bo Rein, most inspirational); Jake Ballard and Jimm Cordle (Jim Parker, offensive lineman); Thaddeus Gibson (SAE, Homecoming game standout); Cameron Heyward (Agonis Rick Meyer Award); Thaddues Gibson (Jim Marshall Warrior); Cameron Heyward (Jack Stephenson, defensive lineman).