Hester, McKenzie earn football MVP awards
USF moved its annual postseason banquet from its traditional January slot to a December date Saturday night, allowing more seniors a chance to attend the ceremonies. There were a few surprises as the Bulls handed out their season awards.
On offense, quarterback Matt Grothe's two-year run as Offensive MVP ended, as junior receiver Jessie Hester, his top target, got the offensive nod instead. Grothe took home the Offensive Playmaker award.
And on defense, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie's consistent contributions in topping 100 tackles for the third straight year gave him the defensive MVP over defensive end George Selvie, who instead took home the Outstanding Front Seven award. Safety Carlton Williams won the Defensive Playmaker award.
USF's official site has a full writeup on all the awards -- among the lesser-known honors, freshman tackle Mark Popek got the Overachiever Award for strength and conditioning work, and quarterback Evan Landi and safety Charlton Sinclair won the Golden Bull awards for top scout-team players.