Texas players were honored at the Erwin Center on Friday night when UT held its annual football banquet.
The final award given on the night, and perhaps the most prestigious, was the Team Captains Award, which is voted on by the players and given to four seniors. In the Texas locker room, there is a pole on which that names of the captains for each football team are inscribed. The official captains for the 2007 team are Dallas Griffin, Tony Hills, Derek Lokey, and Frank Okam.
The players also voted on the Team MVP Award, which was given to Colt McCoy and Jamaal Charles, but longest applause and the loudest cheers were for Dallas Griffin.
Griffin spoke at the podium for the seniors, as one senior does each year. He had to wait a while for the applause to end before he could speak, though, as the entire crowd gave the senior center a standing ovation. On Tuesday in New York City, Griffin was honored the Draddy Trophy, the “Heisman Trophy of Academics”, as Texas head coach Mack Brown put it.
All in all, 30 different awards were given out to the players. At multitude of tables on the Erwin Center floor were players, coaches, families, sponsors, university staff, donors, the Longhorn Band, spirit groups, media and a wide variety of other people associated with University of Texas football.
There were also a number of high school recruits there, including kicker Justin Tucker, linebacker Emmanuel Acho and a host of other 2008 Texas commits.. Along with the many UT pledges, Denver Mullen High School OT Bryce Givens was at the banquet on his official visit.
Texas finished the regular season 9-3 and will take on Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl on December 27th.
Lan Hewlett Academic Award
Outstanding Offensive Linemen
Coca-Cola Community Service Award
Outstanding Defensive Linemen
Most Consistent Defensive Player
Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Strength & Conditioning Awards
Outstanding Tight End
Joseph W. Moore Award for Tenacity
Longhorn Club Sportsmanship Award
Most Consistent Offensive Players
Frank Medina Rehabilitation Award sponsored by Pacificare
Outstanding Wide Receivers
Outstanding Offensive Newcomers
Outstanding Defensive Newcomers
Lowe’s Most Improved Defensive Players
Outstanding Defensive Ends
Outstanding Defensive Backs
Lowe’s Most Improved Offensive Players
Clyde Littlefield Outstanding Offensive Back
Roy Williams Joe Jamail Leadership Award
American Airlines D.X. Bible Most Team Spirited
Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Player
D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award
Mike Campbell Most Valuable Defensive Player
Darrell K. Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player
George “Hook” McCullough MVP
Team Captains Award