The USC Trojans held their award banquet on Wednesday night and the team named redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold and senior LB Uchenna Nwosu the team’s Most Valuable Players.
Darnold threw for 3,787 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2017, while leading the Trojans to an 11-2 record and the Pac-12 title. Nwosu made 71 tackles and had 13 deflections this season.
USC junior snapper Jake Olson made his mark on college football by snapping in 2 games this season despite being blind. He was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player.
Here is the complete list of awards and recipients:
Most Valuable Player: QB Sam Darnold, LB Uchenna Nwosu
Most Inspirational Player: LS Jake Olson
Trojan Way Leadership Award: S Chris Hawkins
Trojan Commitment Award: C Nico Falah, OG Viane Talamaivao
Linemen of the Year: OG Chris Brown (offense), DL Rasheem Green (defense)
Perimeter Players of the Year: RB Ronald Jones II (offense), LB Cameron Smith (defense)
Special Teams Player of the Year: S Matt Lopes, WR Michael Pittman Jr.
Service Team Players of the Year: C Richie Wenzel (offense), DL Jacob Lichtenstein and DL Jay Tufele (defense)
Player of the Game Vs. UCLA: S Chris Hawkins
Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement): CB Yoofi Quansah
Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): WR Deontay Burnett
John McKay Award (player with the most competitive spirit): DT Josh Fatu
Joe Collins Walk-on Award: P Reid Budrovich, PK Chase McGrath
Chris Carlisle Courage Award: OT Toa Lobendahn, WR Steven Mitchell Jr.
Community Service Award: OG Jordan Austin
Lifters Award: QB Sam Darnold, C Nico Falah, OT Toa Lobendahn (offense); LB Uchenna Nwosu, LB Cameron Smith, S Marvell Tell III (defense)
Captains: QB Sam Darnold, S Chris Hawkins, LB Uchenna Nwosu, LB Cameron Smith
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