STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut football team held its Annual Award Show on Friday night at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on the Storrs campus.
The event honored the 2015 Huskies, who are headed to the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, December 26 to take on Marshall. Kevin Nathan of the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network and NBC Connecticut was the emcee of the event.
Individual awards were presented, which were followed by words from head coach Bob Diaco and an emotional highlight film of the senior student-athletes.
The Offensive Player of the Year Award was shared between sophomore Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) and junior Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.). Newsome leads the Huskies in rushing with 760 yards this season and enters bowl season 19th in the country in all-purpose yards. Thomas was an All-New England pick for the Huskies and led the team in receptions with 54 for 719 yards and three TDs.
The Defensive Player of the Year Award was given to redshirt senior safety Andrew Adams (Fayetteville, Ga.). Adams was a second team All-American Athletic Conference pick this season and led the Huskies during the regular season in tackles with 89.
The Special Team Player of the Year went to redshirt junior kicker Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.). Puyol was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and was 15-of-17 in field goals.
The Look Team Player of the Year was given to sophomore tight end Billy Williams (Knoxville, Tenn.), a transfer from Northern Iowa, who sat out this year for NCAA transfer rules.
The John L. Toner Scholar-Athlete Award went to redshirt junior punter Justin Wain (Wilmington, N.C.), who is an allied health major.
The Alumni Bleed Blue Award went to redshirt senior linebacker Graham Stewart (Durham, Conn.). Stewart is fourth on the team in tackles with 60 and is second in tackles for a loss with 6.5.
The Jasper T. Howard Outstanding Skill Player Award went to sophomore cornerback Jamar Summers (Orange, N.J.). Summers was an All-American Athletic Conference first team pick and enters bowl season ranked third in the country in interceptions.
The Joseph M. Giannelli Newcomer Award was given to redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.). Shirreffs started all but one game for UConn this season and passed for over 200 yards in five games.
The Brian Kozlowski Award for the Outstanding Big Skill Player Award was presented to sophomore linebacker Luke Carrezola (Langhorne, Pa.). Carrezola leads the team in tackles for a loss with 11.5 and is second on the team in sacks with six.
The Kendall Madison Award for the Outstanding Power Player went to redshirt sophomore Folorunso Fatukasi (Far Rockaway, N.Y.). Fatukasi wan All-American Athletic Conference honorable mention pick and had 6.5 sacks on the season to go with seven tackles for a loss.
The Most Improved Player Award was given to redshirt sophomore linebacker Junior Joseph (Sinking Springs, Pa.). Joseph was also all-conference honorable mention and was the team's second-leading tackler with 86 stops.
The Iron Husky Award was given to a number of players for excellence in the UConn's strength and conditioning program. They were: Stewart, Shirreffs, Adams, redshirt junior cornerback Jhavon Williams (Delray Beach, Fla.), redshirt senior linebacker Marquise Vann (Cincinnati, Ohio), redshirt junior offensive lineman Andreas Knappe (Silkeborg, Denmark), redshirt junior linebacker Omaine Stephens (East Orange, N.J.), redshirt senior long snapper Dominic Manco (Lagrangeville, N.Y.) and redshirt senior defensive lineman Julian Campenni (West Pittston, Pa.).