2006 Football Superlatives

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Every season has its highs and lows, peaks and valleys, and extremes. Here at
TSL, we came up with about 20 categories, focusing mostly on the positive, and
handed out awards to those most deserving. Here are our 2006 Hokie Football
Superlatives, everything from Team MVP to Assistant Coach of the Year.


Branden Ore is our choice for team MVP. Despite missing almost two full
games with an ankle injury, and not being 100% for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Ore
still rushed for 1,137 yards, and caught 18 passes for 214 yards. He scored 17
touchdowns on the year.

Offensive MVP

Again, Branden Ore is the pick. Ore was the only consistent part of
the Tech offense this year. When the Hokies began their six game winning streak
in October, it was Ore who put the offense on his back, rushing for back-to-back
200 yard games against Southern Miss and Clemson.

Defensive MVP

This is a tough one, but I’ve got to go with mike linebacker Vince Hall.
Hall led the team and the ACC in tackles with 128, including 10.5 for loss. He
was the heart and soul of the #1 defense in the nation for the second
consecutive year.

Offensive Leadership Award

I’m going with David Clowney for this one. First of all, he showed his
physical toughness by playing against Georgia Tech with stitches in his side
from an emergency appendectomy a little over a week before the game. Secondly,
he always publicly defended and supported Sean Glennon, which is the mark of a
good teammate and a great senior.

Defensive Leadership Award

Noland Burchette didn’t carry the lunch pail, but he probably should
have. After the Hokies lost their second consecutive game against Boston
College, Burchette rallied the troops by telling them that they needed to play
every game like it was game seven in the playoffs. Burchette’s speech worked,
and the Hokies ran off six straight wins.

Offensive Freshman of the Year

Sergio Render started every game for the Hokies at right guard as a true
freshman. He was named ACC Lineman