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University of Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault, left, gets around Arizona State University’s Chase Lucas during their game on Oct. 6.

Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault recently had surgery on the turf toe injury that kept him out of three games late in the season, so he will not participate in spring practices for the Buffaloes.

A true sophomore, Shenault led the Buffs with 86 catches for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing for 115 yards and five touchdowns. He led the country with 9.6 catches per game.

With his exceptional season, Shenault was named the team’s most valuable player at the annual senior banquet Sunday at the Dal Ward Center.

Shenault is just the fifth sophomore to earn team MVP honors, joining Joe Romig in 1959, Eric Bieniemy in 1988, Darian Hagan in 1989 and Jashon Sykes in 1999.

The team awards were selected by the coaches.

Running back Travon McMillian was named the most outstanding player on offense, while defensive end Mustafa Johnson and linebacker Nate Landman shared the award on defense.

Safety Daniel Talley was honored for his work on special teams, while defensive end Israel Antwine was named the most outstanding freshman.

Scout team player of the year honors went to quarterback Blake Stenstrom (offense) and defensive end Nick Edridge (defense). Defensive tackle Mo Bandi was honored for academic excellence; receiver Kabion Ento for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm; and lineman Jake Moretti won the award for inspiration in the face of physical adversity.

Safety Nick Fisher (dedication/work ethic), linebacker Rick Gamboa (leadership), tackle William Sherman (offensive trenches) and nose tackle Javier Edwards (defensive trenches) were also honored.

Quarterback Steven Montez was given the award for best interview, as voted on by the media that covers the team.

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