April 13, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic University football team had their annual banquet on Friday, April 13, honoring seven players with nine awards.
Sharing Team MVP honors were running back Alfred Morris and safety Marcus Bartels. Morris led the team in rushing yards (1,186), rushing touchdowns (nine) and total touchdowns (10). Bartels was fourth on the team in total tackles (81) and tied for the team lead with two interceptions, for a team-high 55 yards returned. He also forced a fumble and recovered two, the latter tying for the team high. Bartels also gained a second honor on the night, the Ramon Rickards Memorial Bone Award.
Morris was also named Offensive MVP, while defensive end Kevin Cyrille garnered Defensive MVP honors. The redshirt senior had 36 tackles, tied for second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and was second by himself with 4.5 sacks.
Punter Mickey Groody was named Special Teams MVP. The Pompano Beach native averaged 42 yards per punt, with a long of 63, and had 14 punts inside the opposing 20-yard line.
A pair of linemen also received awards. Defensive tackle David Baptiste was given the Non-Scholarship MVP. He played in all 12 games, starting three, with 23 tackles (two for loss), one sack and one interception. On the other side of the ball, Chris Newbold was named Most Improved Player. The 6-foot-5-inch, 295-pounder started all 12 games at right guard.
Quarterback Graham Wilbert was given the Student-Athlete Award. The junior started all 11 games he appeared in, while off the field, carried a 3.31 GPA in the area of exercise science and wellness.