Dec. 8, 2012
HOUSTON - The Houston Football program reflected on the 2012 season as it held its annual postseason banquet Friday night at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston.
After entering the event to the Houston fight song played by the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, the players and Friday night's guests heard from both Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades and Head Coach Tony Levine. Following short speeches from both, nine awards for the 2012 season were presented.
Senior long snapper Brandon Hartson received the President's Academic Excellence Award from Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development Maria Peden. A kinesiology-exercise science major with a double minor in the classroom, Hartoson had 126 long snaps this season without a miscue.
Sophomore center Bryce Redman received the Tom Wilson Weight Room Off-Season MVP award from UH's Co-Director of Sports Performance Brian Odom. True freshmen Justin Hicks and Jarrett Irving received the Offensive and Defensive Scout Team MVP awards, respectively.
Junior punter Richie Leone and senior kicker Matt Hogan shared the Special Teams MVP award this season after Leone set the Houston single-season punting average record and Hogan became just the 10th kicker in NCAA history to eclipse 400 points in a career.
Senior linebacker Phillip Steward took home the Wilson Whitley Defensive MVP award as the captain led Houston with 128 tackles and led Conference USA with 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Junior running back Charles Sims claimed the Andre Ware Offensive MVP honor after he finished the year with 851 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns along with 37 receptions for 373 yards and three TDs despite missing three full games and the second half of three others.
Levine presented Shane Ros with the Committed Cougar Award as the junior wide receiver made the transition from special teams ace to a valuable offensive weapon in Houston's staring lineup.
The last award of the night was presented to long-time Houston trainer Mike "Doc" O'Shea. D.J. Hayden and his mother, Tori, presented O'Shea with the Bill Yeoman Special Contribution Award for his efforts and response to Hayden's life-threatening injury suffered at practice on Nov. 6.