Dec. 4, 2006
Tailback Chris Markey and Justin Hickman were selected winners of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player at the Annual UCLA Football Awards Banquet, held Monday evening at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Markey is the Bruins leading rusher with 963 yards. In addition, he also leads the team with 33 receptions and 1,239 all-purpose yards. Against Rice, he set a career high with 208 yards on the ground. He enters the Emerald Bowl needing just 37 yards to become the 11th Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Hickman, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end. He is tied for second nationally with 12.5 quarterback sacks (1.04 per game) and also ranks 10th in the nation with 18.5 tackles for loss (1.54 per game). On the year, he has made 40 tackles.
The complete list of winners:
Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player: Offense: running back Ryen Carew; Defense: linebacker Nick Rodriguez
Jack. R. Robinson Award for Highest Scholarship of a Senior Player: fullback Dan Nelson
Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player: place kicker Justin Medlock
Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior: defensive end Justin Hickman
Jerry Long "Heart" Award: fullback Dan Nelson
George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC: quarterback Patrick Cowan
Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC: linebacker Eric McNeal