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          Release: 12/09/2012
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MIAMI - The University of Miami Hurricanes Football program held its annual end-of-season banquet Sunday afternoon inside the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island.

Hurricanes football radio color analyst Don Bailey Jr. served as the program's emcee. The luncheon began with a season highlight video, followed by a countdown of the season's nine most memorable plays:

  1. Denzel Perryman's 41-yard INT return at Boston College
  2. Phillip Dorsett's 65-yard TD to open the game at Georgia Tech
  3. Brandon McGee's stripped fumble and recovery vs. NC State
  4. Kendal Thompkins' sensational catch vs. USF
  5. Jimmy Gaines' acrobatic INT vs. USF
  6. Davon Johnson's catch-and-run at Georgia Tech
  7. Duke Johnson's 95-yard KR for a TD at Virginia
  8. Mike James' game-winning TD run in overtime at Georgia Tech
  9. Stephen Morris' game-winning TD pass vs. NC State

At the halfway mark of the banquet, the Hurricanes coaching staff handed out the 20 annual player awards. Freshman S Deon Bush was named the team’s Newcomer of the Year; redshirt junior DL Shayon Green, who was named the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award co-winner, was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Junior QB Stephen Morris was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player and ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson was named Special Teams Most Valuable Player.

Mike James, a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, was the recipient of the 2012 Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player Award.

Before concluding the event with his closing comments, head coach Al Golden then presented all 18 seniors with their framed jersey - Dalton Botts, Ramon Buchanan, Cameron Dean, Chris Dunckel, Mike James, Davon Johnson, Ben Jones, Paul Kelly, Jeremy Lewis, Eduardo Lopez, Brandon McGee, Shawn O’Dare, Darius Smith, Andrew Swasey, Vaughn Telemaque, Kendal Thompkins, Cory White and Jake Wieclaw.

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 2012 MIAMI HURRICANES FOOTBALL BANQUET AWARD WINNERS
 AWARD  PLAYER(S)
 Hard Hitter Award  Jon Feliciano
 Mariutto Family Scholar-Athlete Award  Chris Dunckel
 Community Service Man of the Year Award  Mike James
 Strength Training Athlete of the Year  Andrew Swasey
 Albert Bentley Most Valuable Walk-On Award  Nantambu Fentress
 Paul Kelly
 Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player Award  Davon Johnson
 Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award  Jake Wieclaw
 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award  Maurice Hagens
 Training Room Comeback Player of the Year  Ben Jones
 Hurricane Media “Good Guy” Award  Dalton Botts
 Captain’s Award  Shayon Green
 Mike James
 Brandon McGee
 Stephen Morris
 Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation & Spirit  Brandon McGee
 Melching Leadership Award  Mike James
 U Respect Award  Jeremy Lewis
 Scout Team Player of the Year  Akil Craig
 Eduardo Lopez
 Newcomer of the Year Award  Deon Bush
 Defensive Most Valuable Player  Shayon Green
 Offensive Most Valuable Player  Stephen Morris
 Special Teams Most Valuable Player  Duke Johnson
 Jack Harding Award (Team Most Valuable Player Award)  Mike James

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