Football Team Presents Annual Awards for 2010 Season
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia football program presented the team awards for the 2010 season Saturday night (Jan. 22) on the University Grounds.
Junior defensive lineman Zane Parr and offensive guard Austin Pasztor won the Colonel F.C. McCue Award as the outstanding interior linemen. Parr was tied for No. 8 on the team with 48 tackles, while securing 2.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for a loss. Pasztor was part of an offensive line that surrendered only three sacks over the last 26 quarters of play and helped block for one of the ACC’s top offenses, which finished as the league’s No. 4 pass offense (265.5).
Junior wide receiver Kris Burd and senior running back Keith Payne garnered the Ben Wilson Award as the team’s outstanding offensive players. An All-ACC third team selection by Phil Steele’s Postseason team, Burd led UVa with 58 receptions and was No. 5 in the ACC in receptions (4.8) and No. 7 in receiving yards (66.6). Payne concluded his collegiate career leading the ACC in scoring at 8.7 points per game with a league-best 16 total touchdowns in 2010. His 14 rushing scores is a mark that is No. 3 all-time in the UVa annals and second-most since the end of World War II.
Junior cornerback Chase Minnifield was the recipient of the Ned McDonald Award as the team’s outstanding defensive player. Minnifield, a first-team All-ACC honoree and SI.com honorable mention All-American, finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 6 nationally with six interceptions. Twice during the season he was named honorable mention for the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honor.
Senior defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce and sophomore running back Perry Jones were presented the Joe Palumbo Award for self-sacrifice, dedication and enthusiasm. Dolce recorded 35 tackles and 0.5 sacks, with 0.5 tackles for a loss. Jones was second on the team with 646 rushing yards and third on the team with 224 receiving yards. He secured one rushing TD and one receiving TD.
Sophomore tight end Colter Phillips was presented with the John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship and character. He started 10 of the 12 games he appeared in and snared 18 catches for 155 yards and three TDs. He was also a key-blocking component for an offense that boasted two of the ACC’s top 13 running backs.
Senior linebacker Darnell Carter and senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman were recipients of the Speed Elliott Award as the most improved players. Carter made his first start in game No. 7 and finished the year No. 6 on the team with 52 tackles. He also had 3.0 sacks, 8.0 tackles for a loss and an INT at Georgia Tech. Inman ranked No. 6 in the ACC in yards per game (67.9) and No. 10 in receptions per game (4.2). He led the team with 815 receiving yards and had the 13th best receiving output in ACC history with 239 receiving yards at Duke. The mark also ranks No. 2 all‐time for a game in the UVa annals.
Freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses received the Bill Dudley Award as the team’s most outstanding first-year player who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, field and community. Moses, a freshman All-American, became the seventh true freshman nationally to start at an offensive tackle position in 2010 when he started at right tackle against North Carolina. In just his third start Moses went toe-to-toe with Miami’s Allen Bailey, who entered the game No. 26 in the nation in sacks. Moses shut Bailey down during a period where UVa went 13-straight quarters without allowing a sack.
Junior punter Jimmy Howell received the George Welsh Special Teams Award for outstanding special teams play. He punted 49 kicks for an average of 42.2 yards per punt, matching the 13th-best season mark in UVa history. He also went 2-of-2 passing on fake punt attempts, including tossing the first TD by a UVa punter in program history when he hit Trey Womack for 56 yards on a fake punt against Eastern Michigan.