During the Colorado football team’s annual senior banquet on Sunday, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and quarterback Sefo Liufau were named co-Most Valuable Players of the 2016 squad.
It’s the first time since 2000 – and ninth time overall – that co-MVPs were honored, and it was a fitting that it happened this season, as the ninth-ranked Buffaloes (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) are enjoying their best season in more than a decade. The banquet, held in the Touchdown Club Room in the Dal Ward Center, came a day after the Buffs clinched the Pac-12 South title with a 27-22 win against Utah.
Awuzie has played cornerback, safety and nickel back during his career at CU and is one of the best all-around defenders in CU history. This season, he has had 54 tackles, 17 third-down stops, 10 passes broken up, four sacks and on interception. He is CU’s all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back, with nine.
Liufau has set 87 school records during his career at CU. A four-year starter, he is enjoying his best season as the Buff, throwing for 2,150 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 483 yards and seven touchdowns. Most importantly, he is 8-1 as a starter this year, after going 8-21 during his first three years. Liufau holds CU career records for passing yards and total offense and is tied for the career mark with 60 touchdown passes.
Complete list of CU’s award winners:
Zack Jordan Award (most valuable player): CB Chidobe Awuzie and QB Sefo Liufau
John Mack Award (outstanding offensive players): TB Phillip Lindsay
Dave Jones Award (outstanding defensive players): SS Tedric Thompson
Bill McCartney Award (special teams achievement): TB Beau Bisherat and CB Isaiah Oliver
Lee Willard Award (outstanding freshmen): OG Tim Lynott, Jr., and QB Steven Montez
Dean Jacob Van Ek Award (academic excellence): OL Isaac Miller
Offensive Scout Player of the Year: QB Casey Marksberry
Defensive Scout Players of the Year: DE Sam Bennion and DB Lucas Cooper
Derek Singleton Award (spirit, dedication and enthusiasm): TB Phillip Lindsay
Tyronee “Tiger” Bussey Award (inspiration in the face of physical adversity): ILB Addison Gillam
Tom McMahon Award (great dedication and work ethic): ILB Kenneth Olugbode
Eddie Crowder Award (outstanding team leadership): TE George Frazier
Offensive Trench Award: OT Jeromy Irwin
Defensive Trench Award: OLB Jimmie Gilbert and DT Josh Tupou
Hammer Award (hardest legal hit of the year): TE Sean Irwin
Best Interview (selected by team beat media): TB Phillip Lindsay
BUFFS ROAD TEAM FOR TITLE GAME
CU will be the road team for Friday’s Pac-12 championship game against North division champion Washington (11-1, 8-1).
The game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and it will be broadcast on Fox.