Matt Bosher turned out to be the only Hurricane to earn All-ACC honors second team honors. It's only fitting, UM's most consistent player was tabbed with Jack Harding (Team MVP) award Sunday night as the team held its annual awards banquet at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables.
Without question, Bosher was the best player for the Canes this season. He was 17 of 19 on field goal attempts, a perfect 38 of 38 on extra points and was second in the conference in punting with a 41.1 average. His only field goal misses were at home against North Carolina from 43 and at the end of regulation against Virginia from 51. There's no doubt Bosher will find himself in the hunt for the Lou Groza award next year as a junior if he puts up those kind of numbers again.
> Most Versatile Player: Graig Cooper. Can't disagree with this one. Cooper led the team in rushing with 778 yards and four touchdowns and was third on the team in receiving with 24 catches for 102 yards. He averaged 4.9 yards a carry, threw a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a touchdown in the opener. I've got to wonder if Miami just isn't better off letting Cooper return more kicks next year with Travis Benjamin alongside. That would be one scary tandem.
> Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Gavin Hardin. This one is interesting. If you remember, last year Adewale Ojomo won this award. If UM can get Hardin in the mix at end next year, they might actually be able to move Allen Bailey inside -- where I think belongs.
> Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Damien Berry. I don't know if we should be disappointed or happy Berry won this award. I thought he looked good last spring at safety, making hits and plays on the defensive side of the ball. The move to running back didn't produce a single carry this season. Instead, Barry played in six games and made three tackles on special teams.
> Hard Hitter Award: Sean Spence. You probably could have changed the title of this one to Best Defensive Player Award. Spence talked Saturday about how he was only expecting to play in a small role this season -- special teams and a maybe a few snaps at linebacker. Instead, he was pressed into major duty after Colin McCarthy went down. He made 62 tackles, 7 1/2 for loss, 2 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown against Florida State. Let's not forget his big strip at Virginia.
> Special Teams Player of the Year: Sam Shields. Since Bosher won MVP, this one is obvious -- especially after Travis Benjamin slowed down. This is a good award for Shields to build off of for next year. By the way, he made 8 tackles on special teams and 11 catches for 124 yards at receiver.
> Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award (commitment, consistency) and Strength Training Athlete of the Year: Khalil Jones. I really believe Khalil is probably Randy Shannon's favorite player. All year long, Shannon had nothing but great things to say about Khalil, who started nearly as many games (3) as he had catches (5) all season. I guess sometimes you just need that locker room leader.
> Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player: Chris Rutledge. Can't argue with this one especially considering Rutledge was a project from the day he got here. With Reggie Youngblood out, Ruledge started 10 games his senior season.
> Albert Bentley Most Valuable Walk-On Award: Chris Ivory. About the only thing the team's long-snapper did wrong was get suspended for the season opener.
> Mariutto Scholar Athlete (highest G.P.A.): Xavier Shannon. Come on, we knew Xavier had to get something right? He started 12 games and despite those high snaps, he never really hurt the team.
> Plumer Memorial Award (leadership, motivation, spirit) and Dale Melching Award (leadership): Glenn Cook. Glenn won't ever get confused for being a great player. His physical skills are average at best. But there's no question everyone on this team looked up to him on defense. His greatest contribution was probably helping Spence come along faster than most expected. He spent a lot of time with Sean in the film room.
> U. Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award: Patrick Hill. He didn't get a chance to be in there very often, but when he did, he often laid guys out.