April 17, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Prior to today's (Saturday, April 17) spring game presented by PNC Bank at Michigan Stadium, the University of Michigan football program announced the recipients of the annual spring practice awards as selected by the Wolverine coaching staff. Nine student-athletes received recognition for their performance on the field and in the weight room during the winter and spring seasons.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Greg Banks (Denver, Colo./Montbello HS) was awarded the Meyer Morton Award as the senior football player that experienced the greatest development and showed the most promise during spring drills. Banks is a three-year letterman who has appeared in 30 career games and contributed 18 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
The recipient of the Frederick Matthaei Award, presented to the player that exhibited exceptional leadership, drive and achievement over the entirety of practice, was fifth-year senior fullback/linebacker Mark Moundros (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington HS), a two-year starter at fullback and has played on special teams throughout his career. This spring he asked the coaches to practice at linebacker to see if he could help the team.
Junior/sophomore offensive guard Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales HS) was recipient of the Sophomore Award as the player that displayed toughness and a strong work ethic on the field and in the locker room. Omameh started the final three games of the 2009 season at right guard and played in seven contests as a redshirt freshman.
Redshirt freshman safety Cameron Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS) was awarded the John F. Maulbetsch Award, which is presented annually following spring drills to the freshman athlete(s) on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and potential for future success. Gordon sat out last season as a redshirt. He is expected to challenge for a starting safety position after practicing all last year at wide receiver.
The Dan Dierdorf Award was presented to senior left guard Stephen Schilling (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue HS), who has started 36 of a possible 37 career games, with his only missed start coming after a practice injury before the 2008 Ohio State game. He has started 22 games at right tackle, 12 at left guard and two contests at right guard. Schilling earned honorable mention All-Big Ten last year and is a two-time recipient of the Hugh R. Rader Jr. Award as Michigan's top offensive lineman.
The coaches also recognized members from one of three groups as the best all-around conditioned athletes after completing a series of physical tests during winter conditioning and spring practice. The Iron Wolverine Award winners include junior/sophomore tailback Michael Cox (Dorchester, Mass./Avon Old Farms HS) and junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles HS) from the skill group, fifth-year senior defensive end Adam Patterson (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast HS) from the linemen group and fifth-year senior Obi Ezeh (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) from the middle group.
Following are the 2010 spring football award winners:
Meyer Morton Award: Greg Banks
Frederick Matthaei Award: Mark Moundros
Sophomore Award: Patrick Omameh
John F. Maulbetsch Award: Cameron Gordon
Dan Dierdorf Award: Stephen Schilling
Iron Wolverine Awards: Adam Patterson (linemen group); Obi Ezeh (middle group); Michael Cox - Darryl Stonum (skill group)
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423
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