Polk, a redshirt freshman from Redlands, Calif., was named the 950 KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player. Polk became the first freshman in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,113, seventh-most in school history. Butler, a senior captain from Sacramento, Calif., led the team with 94 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss to win the 950 KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player award. Folk, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., connected on 18 of 21 field-goal attempts and led the team with 89 points to win the 950 KJR Most Valuable Special Teams Player award.
Senior defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, from Waikola, Hawai'i, won the L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award for the second straight season. He led the Dawgs with 11 sacks and finished his career with a school-record 30 sacks. Sophomore guard Senio Kelemete, in his first year on the offense after having played defensive tackle in 2008, won the John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Junior linebacker Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.) took home the Earle Glant Tough Husky Award while junior safety Victor Aiyewa (Fresno, Texas) was honored with the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award, for a hit during a kickoff return during the Notre Dame game.
The Travis Spring Outstanding Freshmen Award winner was true freshman cornerback Desmond Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.). The Husky Fever 12th Man Award was presented to senior safety Jason Wells (LaVerne, Calif.) while senior fullback Paul Homer (Omaha, Neb.) took home the 101 Club Academic Achievement Award.
The Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad Player of the Year went to freshman quarterback Keith Price (Compton, Calif.) while freshman linebacker Tim Tucker (Harbor City, Calif.) was announced as the Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad Player of the Year. The Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad Player of the Year Award was presented to freshman tailback Cole Sager (Burlington, Wash.).
Finally, several new awards were presented this year by first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. Junior center Ryan Tolar (Pasco, Wash.), Te'o-Nesheim and sophomore fullback Tobias Togi (Seattle) picked up weightlifting awards while sophomore receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.) won the Apple Cup Big Play of the Game award.
The Kurt Gegner Memorial Award was presented to Joseph, a student assistant on the Husky equipment room staff, and Elise Becker, a member of the athletic training department's student staff.
2009 Washington Football Awards
Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Jake Locker 950 KJR Most Valuable Offensive Player Chris Polk 950 KJR Most Valuable Defensive Player Donald Butler 950 KJR Most Valuable Special Teams Player Erik Folk 101 Club Academic Award Paul Homer John P. Angel Lineman of the Year Senio Kelemete L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Daniel Te'o-Nesheim Earle T. Glant Tough Husky Mason Foster Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award Victor Aiyewa Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad MVP Keith Price Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad MVP Tim Tucker Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad MVP Cole Sager Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman Desmond Trufant Husky Fever 12th Man Award Jason Wells Weight Lifting Awards Offense: Ryan Tolar Defense: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim Construction Crew: Tobias Togi Apple Cup Big Play of the Game Jermaine Kearse Kurt P. Gegner Memorial Award Joseph Wood Elise Becker