Huff Named Team MVP at Awards Banquet
Senior linebacker Orlando Huff was named team MVP at the annual awards banquet.
Senior linebacker Orlando Huff was named team MVP at the annual awards banquet.

Nov. 26, 2000

FRESNO, Calif. - Just one day after clinching a bowl berth with an impressive 37-6 win at San Jose State, head football coach Pat Hill presented awards to his team at the annual football awards banquet held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fresno. Nearly 600 fans attended the function.

Senior linebacker Orlando Huff was selected the team's Most Valuable Player, an award selected by the players. Huff, who leads the team in tackles with 94, is the first defensive player to win the award outright since rover Ron Cox in 1989. Huff led the team in quarterback sacks with 10 for 54 yards and has 16 tackles for losses for 77 yards, one shy of the school record. He was a first team All-WAC selection last season. The 2000 All-WAC team will be announced on Tuesday. Huff has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game.

"This is a night to honor the players," said head coach Pat Hill. "That's the reason we are here and that's the reason we had great fan support all season. They came to watch these guys play. I'm very proud of our team and our accomplishments this season and these seniors deserve all of the recognition for taking the program to another level and building a foundation that we can continue to build on. This group did something very special by betting to consecutive bowl games. They will be most remembered as the team that filled Bulldog Stadium with more than 40,000 fans for every game."

Other awards presented were:

  • Dick Duncan Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year: Nate Ray
  • Dick Duncan Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year: Juan Bautista
  • Most Valuable Offensive Lineman: Ahmad Bhatti
  • Most Valuable Defensive Lineman: Alan Harper (second consecutive year)
  • Most Valuable Offensive Back: David Carr
  • Most Valuable Defensive Back (includes linebackers): Tim Skipper
  • Special Teams Player of the Year: Terence Brown
  • Director's Academic Award: Lawrence Deck
  • Coaches' Awards: Giachino Chiaramonte, Kevin Jordan, Vernon Fox
  • Most Inspirational Player: Tim Skipper

    While waiting on word from bowl officials for an invitation, the Bulldogs will take this week off and return to practice on Saturday.



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