UCLA football: Akeem Ayers, Tony Dye, Johnathan Franklin named team MVPs
Linebacker Akeem Ayers, safety Tony Dye and running back Johnathan Franklin were named as UCLA's most valuable players at the team banquet Tuesday night.
Ayers, a junior who has declared for the NFL draft, was named second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. Dye, a sophomore, led the team with 96 tackles. Franklin gained 1,127 yards, becoming the first UCLA player to go over 1,000 since Chris Markey.
UCLA award winners:
Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player: Offense: running back Jordon James; Defense: linebacker Eric Kendricks; Special Teams: linebacker Aramide Olaniyan.
Jack. R. Robinson Award for Highest Scholarship of a Senior Player: holder/punter Danny Rees.
N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership: Offense: center Ryan Taylor; Defense: linebacker Sean Westgate.
Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player: Offense: tackle Sean Sheller; Defense: linebacker Patrick Larimore.
John Boncheff Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year: Offense: F-back Anthony Barr; Defense: linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, tackle Cassius Marsh, end Owa Odighizuwa.
Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence: safety Dietrich Riley.
Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player: place kicker Kai Forbath, punter Jeff Locke, running back Derrick Coleman.
Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior: Offense: tackle Micah Kia; Defense: tackle David Carter.
George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC: running back Johnathan Franklin.
Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC: safety Tony Dye
Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence: wide receiver Taylor Embree.
Jerry Long "Heart" Award: offensive guard Darius Savage.
Special Recognition: linebacker Akeem Ayers, safety Rahim Moore.
Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player: Offense: running back Johnathan Franklin; Defense: linebacker Akeem Ayers, safety Tony Dye.
-- Chris Foster