Sophomore QB Brian Johnson is Utah's 2005 Football MVP.
Jan. 11, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -
A knee injury prevented Brian Johnson from playing in the two biggest games of the season, but the sophomore quarterback received some consolation when he was named Utah's Most Valuable Player at the team banquet. Johnson finished first in the conference and fourth in the nation in total offense, led the league in pass efficiency while ranking second in passing yards per game.
Johnson was among 15 players honored at the annual banquet. Jesse Boone and Spencer Toone picked up two awards, apiece. Boone won the team Leadership Award and was also named the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman. Toone won the President's Award, which goes to the player with the best GPA, and Most Valuable Linebacker.
Also named tops at their respective positions were: Steve Fifita (defensive line), Quinton Ganther (offensive back), Eric Weddle (defensive back) and John Madsen (wide receiver). Placekicker Dan Beardall was named Special Teams MVP, receiver Travis LaTendresse earned Most Inspirational honors and tight end Chad Jacobsen was the team's Most Improved Player. The Red Helmet Award (highest passion for the game) went to defensive back Kawika Casco, the Iron Ute Award was shared by linebacker Grady Marshall and defensive back Antonio Young. Co-recipients of the Future Award were Bradon Godfrey and J.J. Williams.
Honored for their service as team captains for the 7-5, Emerald Bowl champion Utes were Boone, Fifita, Ganther and Toone. A total of 62 players earned letters.