Dec. 15, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke and fifth-year senior center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS) continued to receive honors on Thursday (Dec. 15). Hoke was named a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award, while Molk received All-America first team recognition by Sporting News and the Associated Press.
Hoke, voted the Big Ten Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by the league's coaches and Dave McClain Coach of the Year by the media, also was named last week as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year awards. Hoke will join nine other finalists in Houston on Jan. 19 for the 26th annual Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards event: Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Art Briles (Baylor), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (Alabama), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M - 2011, Houston) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson). The only Michigan head coach to previously win the award was Lloyd Carr in 1997.
The Wolverines finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record and earned a bid to the Sugar Bowl. Hoke became the second Michigan head coach to win at least 10 games in his first season and the first since Fielding Yost won 11 games in 1901. He also became the fifth Big Ten coach to win at least 10 games in his first season as head coach, joining Bielema (12-1, 2006), Ohio State's Earle Bruce (11-1, 1979), Yost (11-0, 1901) and Minnesota's Henry Williams (10-0-2, 1900).
Molk, the 2011 Rimington Trophy recipient and Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, has now compiled All-America first honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Associated Press.
The Wolverines' co-captain will help lead Michigan against Virginia Tech at 8:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 3, 2012, in the 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The game will be televised by ESPN.
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