Jan. 21, 2009
Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell and wide receiver Terrence Austin were selected winners of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player at the Annual UCLA Football Awards Banquet, held Wednesday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Harwell, a season team captain, returned from a knee injury to start all 12 games in 2008. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors while making 53 tackles to rank sixth on the squad. He was third on the squad with 6.0 tackles for loss and concluded his Bruin career with 26.5 tackles behind the line.
Austin led the Bruins with 53 receptions, the most by a Bruin wide receiver since Craig Bragg made 73 catches in 2003. In addition, he set UCLA season records for all-purpose yards (1,878), kickoff return yards (1,109) and kickoff returns (46). He ranked 16th in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage.
The complete list of winners:
Jack. R. Robinson Award for Highest Scholarship of a Senior Player: punter Aaron Perez
Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior: defensive tackle Brigham Harwell
George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC: running back Kahlil Bell
Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC: tackle Brian Price