Senior All-American defensive end Andre Carter took home several awards, including the Bear Backer Award for the team’s Most Valuable Player, at the annual Cal Football team banquet on Sunday night.
Carter, also was earned the Big Hit Award, for most big hits during the season, and shared the Andy Smith Award for most playing time with offensive tackle Mark Wilson, and the Brick Muller Award for most valuable lineman with offensive lineman Reed Diehl. In addition, Carter was named as one of four captains in a vote by teammates, sharing that honor with Diehl, Chidi Iwuoma and Jacob Waasdorp.
Sophomore Tully Banta-Cain was named the team’s Most Improved Lineman and the Outstanding Player in the Big Game. Jacob Waasdorp pulled down Most Inspirational Player honors for the second consecutive season. Mark Wilson was named the team’s Most Valuable Freshman Player.
All-America punter Nick Harris was named the team’s Most Valuable Special Teams player and the Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award for a player demonstrating oustanding athletic and academic success and community service.