Virginia Soccer declares 2022 awards in banquet
Virginia soccer held its annual awards banquet on Saturday to honor a number of of the crew for his or her accomplishments final season.
Right here is the complete press launch from Virginia soccer:
Captains Awards – Daniel Sparks, Brennan Armstrong, Perris Jones, Nick Jackson and Anthony Johnson
Every week through the season a number of gamers have been chosen to characterize the crew as recreation captains. Based mostly on their management, work ethic and efficiency, the gamers voted punter Daniel Sparks, quarterback Brennan Armstrong, operating again Perris Jones, linebacker Nick Jackson and cornerback Anthony Johnson as 2022 Season Captains
MVP – Keytaon Thompson
A 3rd-team All-ACC choice, broad receiver Keytaon Thompson led the offense with 53 receptions and averaged 10.9 yards per catch in eight video games earlier than being sidelined by harm. He was second within the ACC and Twelfth within the nation this season with a median of 6.6 receptions per recreation.
Most Improved – Ty Furnish
After enjoying simply three video games as a real freshman in 2021, Ty Furnish was referred to as on to assist lead the offensive line in 2022 from the middle place. He put within the work through the summer time to achieve weight and energy and completed the season beginning 9 of the ten video games he performed in.
Rookie of the 12 months – Xavier Brown
As a real freshman, tailback Xavier Brown performed in all 10 video games and had the third most rushes among the many UVA operating backs. He was versatile, constant and sturdy in his first season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and in addition caught 9 passes. He had the longest rush on the season by a operating again and scored his first profession landing within the North Carolina recreation.
Affect Gamers – JR Wilson and Logan Taylor
The Offensive Affect Participant of the 12 months award was shared by sophomore offensive deal with Logan Tayor and freshman broad receiver JR Wilson. Logan went from enjoying two video games as a freshman in 2021 to beginning all 10 video games final yr at offensive deal with. With accidents impacting the broad receiver place, JR Wilson emerged late within the season as a beneficial asset on the place. He had eight complete catches within the last two video games of the season after enjoying totally on particular groups earlier within the season.
Twelfth Man Award – Noah Josey
After enjoying simply as soon as as a real freshman in 2021, offensive lineman Noah Josey emerged from the offensive line unit as a beneficial reserve early within the season at offensive guard to a participant who began the ultimate 4 video games of the season.
MVP – Nick Jackson
A second-team All-ACC choose, inside linebacker Nick Jackson led the ACC and was ninth nationally with a median of 10.4 tackles per recreation. Throughout the season he additionally had profession highs in sacks with 5 and tackles for loss with seven. The 2022 marketing campaign marked the third consecutive season Jackson managed a minimum of 100 tackles.
Most Improved – James Jackson
Inside linebacker James Jackson went from making three tackles in 2021 to ending third on the crew in 2022 with 60 complete tackles, together with a season excessive of 11 towards North Carolina.
Rookie of the 12 months – Mike Diatta
Defensive deal with Mike Diatta appeared in 9 video games and have become a disruptive drive within the trenches. He recorded his first sack within the win at Georgia Tech and completed the season with 5 tackles.
Affect – Terrell Jones, Stevie Bracey, Trey McDonald
A trio of freshmen shared the Defensive Affect Participant award – linebackers Stevie Bracey and Trey McDonald and defensive lineman Terrell Jones. All three labored their method up the depth chart and managed to see enjoying time throughout their first collegiate seasons.
Twelfth Man Award – Paul Akere
A graduate switch from Columbia, defensive finish Paul Akere was the winner of the Defensive Twelfth-Man Award. In 10 video games he made a complete of twenty-two tackles from his defensive finish place and was third on the crew in sacks together with two within the win at Georgia Tech.
Particular Groups Awards
Specialist of the 12 months – Daniel Sparks
Punter Daniel Sparks was a second-team All-ACC choice in 2022. In his first season on Grounds, he tied the UVA single-season punting common file whereas main the ACC and ending eighth nationally with a forty five.9 yard common per punt. Towards Pitt, he turned the primary UVA punter to ever file three punts of 60-plus yards in a single recreation.
Most Improved – Eli Gaines
The Most Improved Particular Groups participant for the 2022 season was sophomore Elijah Gaines. He was chosen for his excellent effort, hustle and grit on a number of particular groups.
Rookie of the 12 months – Will Bettridge
Freshman place kicker Will Bettridge took over the kicking duties on the Syracuse recreation and made seven of 10 area targets through the yr, together with an ideal four-for-four effort towards Miami.
H.E.A.R.T. Award – Jahmeer Carter
Head coach Tony Elliott’s basis for the Virginia Soccer program is the acronym H.E.A.R.T. That stands for humility, effort, accountability, respect and toughness. Junior nostril deal with Jahmeer Carter was the recipient of the H.E.A.R.T. Award. Carter began all 10 video games this season and posted his finest season with 29 tackles.
Cav Code – Jared Rayman
The last word recreation plan for Virginia soccer is to develop the student-athletes to win the sport of life. To assist accomplish that, head coach Tony Elliott established the Cav Code to develop and empower crew members to grow to be males of service to impression others all through their lives. CODE is an acronym for Character, Alternative, Obligation and Engagement. This yr’s Cav CODE winner was quarterback/holder Jared Rayman.
A quarterback who was awarded a scholarship this season, Rayman is a frontrunner within the crew’s neighborhood outreach efforts. One instance of Jared’s devotion to the Cav Code got here final Spring on the program’s inaugural College Appreciation Day. He invited the director of the College’s American Signal Language program to attend the occasion. Rayman is obsessed with this system on account of a private auditory deficiency. He has been instrumental in selling this system and inspiring a number of teammates to be taught signal language.
The Tutorial Awards acknowledge the UVA gamers who’ve achieved the best grade level averages for his or her respective lessons. This yr’s recipients:
First Years: Operating again Logan Kotter (team-high 3.95 GPA)
Second Years: Lengthy Snapper Luke Byrne ( 3.62 GPA)
Third Years: Punter Daniel Sparks (3.50 GPA)
Fourth Years: Quarterback/Holder Jared Rayman (3.37 GPA)
Fifth Years: Defensive Finish Paul Akere (3.87 GPA)
This fall Akere was named an All-District Tutorial All-American for the second time throughout his collegiate profession
Energy and Conditioning
NCSA Energy and Conditioning All-American – Nick Jackson
Annually the Nationwide Energy Coaches Affiliation selects an All-America crew based mostly on educational achievement, private integrity, athletic accomplishments and dedication to energy coaching and conditioning. This yr, UVA inside linebacker Nick Jackson obtained the dignity. Along with his soccer accomplishments, within the weight room Jackson managed a 605-pound squat, a 440-pound entrance squat, a 340-pound energy clear and 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press rep take a look at.
Energy and Conditioning Dedication Award – Jahmeer Carter & Perris Jones
UVA’s Energy and Conditioning Dedication Award acknowledges work ethic and management in energy coaching as examples to others. These people place the crew above particular person accomplishments and are dedicated to all areas of coaching and efficiency enhancements. The award is voted on by the crew.
Energy Hour Award – Caleb Stoltz
At Virginia, the Energy Hour is a unit made up of developmental gamers who prepare 4 to 5 days every week, studying method, creating energy, energy and mass and striving to ascertain private file all through the autumn. The Energy Hour Award is voted on by this group to acknowledge the participant who epitomizes work ethic, consistency and management in all areas of this system. This yr’s recipient is junior defensive lineman Caleb Stoltz, who joined the crew as a walk-on final fall.