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December 10, 2009Senior defensive end Willie Young has been named the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Award, given to the member of the Wolfpack football team who is the most valuable player based on ability, contribution, leadership and intangibles. The team awards were presented this week at NC State's senior dinner.
Young finished his career ranked second in NC State history in career tackles for loss (45.5) and sixth in sacks (20.5). A second-team All-ACC performer, he started 36 career games and played over 2,000 career snaps.
The Governor's Award is the only honor that is voted on by the entire team. The other awards are decided by the coaching staff. Here's a look at some of the other awards that were presented at the dinner.
CAREY BREWBAKER AWARD - Most Valuable Defensive Lineman
Alan Michael Cash - Ranked fourth on the team in tackles and led all linemen.
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE BACK
Bobby Floyd - Former walk-on who ranked fifth on the team in tackles and third in special teams plays.
MOST VALUABLE LINEBACKER
Ray Michel - Second-leading tackler on the team despite missing two games with an injury.
JIM RITCHER AWARD - Most Valuable Offensive Lineman (includes tight
Ted Larsen - Candidate for the Rimington Trophy in only his second year playing on offense.
SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Taylor Gentry - Team leader in special teams tackles (21), special teams knockdowns (14) and plays (219).
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE BACK
Russell Wilson - Ranked third nationally in touchdown passes (31), the second-highest single-season total in school history. His 3,027 passing yards rank fifth in school history for a single season.
MIKE HARDY AWARD * Player who demonstrates a winning attitude and plays above his capabilities
Leroy Burgess - Tied for the ACC lead in fumbles recovered, he was one of just three players on defense to start every game.
BO REIN AWARD * Player who makes a vital contribution in an unsung role
Matt Kushner (TE) - Returned from a knee injury to play in every game, starting three.
BOB WARREN AWARD * Integrity and Sportsmanship
Koyal George (CB/WR) - Former walk-on who started five games (at both cornerback spots) and then moved to wide receiver midway through the season.
AL MICHAELS AWARD * Player who puts team before self
Julian Williams (OG/OT) - Played 686 snaps in 2009, starting games at guard and tackle.
KEN McNEILL IRON WOLF AWARD * Greatest comeback from injury
Toney Baker - Winner of the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award, he came back to lead the team in rushing after missing almost two complete seasons with a devastating knee injury.
EARLE EDWARDS AWARD * Letterman with highest GPA
Andy Barbee (OG/C) - Enrolled in graduate school during the 2009 campaign
GARY ROWE AWARD * Most season receptions
Jarvis Williams - Tallied 45 receptions in 2009, 11 were for touchdowns - tied as the third-best mark in school history.
Jamelle Eugene, Jeraill McCuller, Willie Young - Voted on by their teammates prior to the season.
OFFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Curtis Underwood (HB)
DEFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER - Daryl Cato-Bishop (DE)