Dillon, Mont. – The University of Montana Western football team wrapped up its 2013 season with the annual end of year banquet. During the banquet some of the awards that were voted on by the players include offensive and defensive player of the year, special teams player of the year and an award to honor the younger players who contributed on scout teams to prepare the team for the upcoming game.
Offensive Player of the Year – Dylan Kramer played in 9 games this past season. He gained 671 yards while carrying the ball 131 times and scoring 5 touchdowns on the ground. He had 6 receptions for 63 yards for over a 10 yard average. Dylan has been a silent leader since he stepped onto the Montana Western Campus. He is known for his hard work, toughness and unselfishness for the sake of the team. Dylan has gained 1448 yards on 323 carries for an average of 4.48 yard per carry in his first two years as a Bulldog and accounted for 11 touchdowns on the ground. Kramer has accumulated 378 yards returning kickoffs, 194 yards receiving, and 1448 yards rushing to bring his career all-purpose total to 2020 yards in his first two seasons.
Defensive Player of the Year – Casey Griffith played in all 10 games this season for the Bulldogs. He led the Frontier Conference with 120 tackles during the 2013 season and has amassed a career total of 292 total tackles. Casey received First Team All-Conference honors for his play following the 2013 season to contribute to his 2011 conference honors he received following his sophomore season. Griffith has been a part of the Bulldog defensive unit the past 4 seasons and has been a rock in the middle known for his hard nose and no-nonsense play.
T.E.A.M. Player of the Year – Robert Jenkins received the T.E.A.M. honor following the 2013 season, his senior year. Jenkins represents the true meaning of “team and selfless player” for the Bulldogs. He was a steady player on the special teams units for UMW this season and was a constant Bulldog’s first player during his career. Jenkins will graduate in December of 2013 and plans on pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Special Teams Player of the Year – Joe Coker was a force on the special teams for the Bulldogs this past season. He is a player who contributes on most special teams exhibiting his superior athletic ability being able to execute multiple duties and playing various positions. Coker is an athletic player who is noted for his fearlessness on both kickoff coverage and kickoff returns. To add to his special teams prowess, Joe amassed 91 total tackles from his linebacker position this season on defense which included 4.5 tackles for loss.
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year – Bennett Gibson is a 6’ 2” 220 pound freshman quarterback from Mount Vernon, Wash. He was saddled with leading the opponent’s offense during the week giving the best “look” he could. Gibson has been able to exhibit his strong arm while running Southern Oregon’s, MSU-Northern’s, EOU’s and the rest of the Frontier Conference offenses. Gibson excels in the passing game and looks to bring his strong arm and youthful knowledge to the Bulldogs this spring and throughout his next four years.
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year – Michael Bennett is a 6’ 1” 220 pound inside linebacker from Seattle, Wash. Bennett is noted for his physical play and desire to be on the field. He possesses the attributes that are required to play on Saturday’s that include his physical play, drive and team first mentality. He is a selfless player who is going to receive looks in the spring of 2014 and an opportunity to replace the linebackers the Bulldogs graduate. He exhibits athleticism that will allow him to contribute on both special team and defense.
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