HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison football program presented its annual awards at the team's postseason banquet honoring the 2012 team, held at JMU's Festival Conference Center. The top moments of the evening were comments from the 2012 seniors, awarding of the captains and team awards and the 2012 highlight video.
Below are the award winners for the program, with the majority of them voted on by the team:
BOB YETZER MEMORIAL AWARD - Redshirt-senior tight end Brian Barlow - Presented annually to a JMU football player who best exemplifies the characteristics of determination, dedication and leadership. Named in memory of Bob Yetzer (1925-78), a partner in a Harrisonburg auto dealership in the early ‘70s when JMU began awarding athletic grants-in-aid. He was a major financial supporter of JMU athletics and was among the first auto dealers to supply courtesy cars for use by the Athletic Department, supplying as many as four vehicles at a time prior to his death from a heart ailment in 1978. Yetzer had a keen interest in JMU athletics in general and JMU football in particular.
CASEY CARTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Redshirt-senior safety Peter Rose - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has exhibited the most significant academic improvement over his career. Named in honor of Casey Carter, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support. Ms. Carter has been a cornerstone of the football program and the entire JMU athletic program.
CHALLACE McMILLIN AWARD - Redshirt-senior snapper Chris Beaver and redshirt-senior return specialist Ryan Smith - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has been chosen as the squad’s Special Teams Player of the Year. Named in honor of Challace McMillin, JMU’s first head football coach.
CHARLES HALEY AWARD - Sophomore safety Dean Marlowe - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has been chosen as the squad’s Defensive Performer of the Year. Named in honor of former JMU standout linebacker and all-pro performer, Charles Haley, who was a member of the JMU team from 1982-85 ,is the only player to be a member of five Super Bowl championship squads, and was inducted into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
DEAN EHLERS AWARD - Redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has been chosen as the squad’s Most Valuable Performer. Named in honor of JMU Athletic Director, Dean Ehlers, during whose tenure (1971-93) football began as an intercollegiate sport at JMU.
DOUG WEST MEMORIAL AWARD - Quarterback Mack Spees (offense) and defensive lineman Justin Baker (defense) - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has been a member of the Dukes’ Scout team, for his efforts and dedication. Named in memory of Douglas Reid West (1966-86) who was a standout football player and wrestler at JMU for two years before dying from injuries sustained in an on-campus auto accident during the football team’s 1986 preseason training camp. He was a 1985 football honorable mention AP All-American as a sophomore noseguard after taking part in 86 tackles, including 26 unassisted and 10 QB sacks. He played offensive guard for the Dukes as a true freshman in 1984, but moved to defense during spring practice in 1985. In wrestling, in the heavyweight classification, he compiled a 20-6 record with nine pins for JMU’s 1985 NCAA Eastern Regional championship team. Individually the Virginia Beach native was the 1985 Virginia heavyweight champion and the Eastern Regional runner up.
GARY CLARK AWARD - Redshirt-junior running back Dae'Quan Scott - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has been chosen as the squad’s Offensive Performer of the Year. Named in honor of former JMU standout wide receiver and kick returner, all-pro performer, Gary Clark, who was a member of the JMU team from 1980-83.
HESS-GREEN AWARD - Redshirt-senior linebacker Jamie Veney - Presented annually to a JMU football player who has returned to the field of play, overcoming a significant injury. Named in honor of family physician, Walter Green, and orthopedic surgeon, Irvin Hess, who served as team doctors for over 20 years.
JOHN KRAUS MEMORIAL AWARD - Redshirt-senior defensive back Ryan Smith - Presented annually to a JMU football player who was originally a walk-on, and who exemplified the characteristics of spirit, determination, leadership, scholarship, work ethic, and love of the game. Named in memory of John David Kraus (1972-95) who was a walk-on player who developed into a starter on the offensive line and who was a 1994 honorable mention All-American selection by The Sports Network. The award was initiated in 1995 after Kraus died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident following the completion of his playing career. The Burke VA native became a JMU starter in 1992 and started throughout the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He was a second team All-Virginia selection by the Roanoke Times in 1993 and was a key player on JMU’s 1994 team that reached the second round of the NCAA Division IAA playoffs.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Redshirt-senior Earl Watford
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Redshirt-junior Tyler Snow
CLASS ACADEMIC AWARDS: