December 14, 2012
TCU Football Awards
As PurpleMenace.com continues to wrap up the Horned Frogs regular season, I feel it is appropriate to hand out some awards. Everyone else is doing it, why can't I? This is a black tie affair so make sure you are properly dressed.
Offensive MVP: Josh Boyce: This one was tough because I thought it could have gone to a couple different players, but I gave it to Boyce. From everything I have seen he is a leader on this team. He does everything the right way and also produces on the field.
Defensive MVP: Jason Verrett: Verrett led the Big 12 in interceptions (6) and passes defended (20). He is the only player in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Verrett helped anchor a TCU defense that tops the Big 12 and ranks 18th nationally. Verrett has also made plays on special teams, blocking a West Virginia field goal in overtime.
Special Teams MVP:Ethan Perry: Perry basically wins by default because Oberkrom lost his mojo and Skye Dawson had too many difficulties fielding punts. With that being said, Perry did have a solid season punting. The freshman from Spring Branch punted 56 times and averaged 45.2 yards per punt.
Freshman of the Year: Devonte Fields: Fields led the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 17.5. He also added 9 sacks. Does anything else need to be said? Fields is the first freshman to be a game captain (Texas) for a Gary Patterson led team.
The "You Better Watch Out for Him Next Season" Award: LaDarius Brown: The redshirt freshman from Waxahachie had 25 receptions for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Brown is a matchup nightmare every time he steps on the field. I expect a breakout season from LaDarius in 2013.
The "He Needs to Hit the Weight Room" Award: B.J. Catalon: This isn't a knock on B.J. but I think he could be even better with a little more size on him. I am looking forward to seeing what a TCU offseason and spring practices can do for him.
Leadership Award: Kenny Cain: I have to give this award to the only senior starter on a TCU defense which played great this season. Cain's senior season probably didn't go as he planned, but he was a rock in the middle for this unit and played his heart out every game.
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