Dec. 3, 2000
Berkeley, CA - Senior All-American defensive end Andre Carter took home several awards, including the Bear Backer Award for the team's Most Valuable Player, at the annual Cal Football team banquet on Sunday night.
Carter, also was earned the Big Hit Award, for most big hits during the season, and shared the Andy Smith Award for most playing time with offensive tackle Mark Wilson, and the Brick Muller Award for most valuable lineman with offensive lineman Reed Diehl.
Sophomore Tully Banta-Cain was named the team's Most Improved Lineman and the Outstanding Player in the Big Game. Jacob Waasdorp pulled down Most Inspirational Player honors for the second consecutive season. Mark Wilson was named the team's Most Valuable Freshman Player.
All-America punter Nick Harris was named the team's Most Valuable Special Teams player and the Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award for a player demonstrating oustanding athletic and academic success and community service. Below is a list of all the awards.
2000 Cal Football Team Awards
Bear Backer Award (Most Valuable Player) Andre Carter
Ken Cotton Award (Most Courageous Player) Robert Truhitte
Joe Roth Award (Courage, Attitude & Sportsmanship) Chidi Iwuoma
Bob Tessier Award (Most Improved Lineman) Tully Banta-Cain
Stub Allison Award (Most Inspirational Player) Jacob Waasdorp
Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player) Nick Harris
Bob Simmons Award (Most Valuable Freshman Competitor) Mark Wilson
Dink Artal Award (Player best exemplifying Cal spirit) David Watts
Clint Evans Award (Most Intense Freshman Competitor) Marvin Philip
Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (Outstanding Big Game Player) Tully Banta-Cain
Everett Merriman Award (Commitment to Community Service) David Watts
Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (Athletic, Academic Excellence And Community Service) Nick Harris
Ken Harvey Award (Academic commitment and improvement) David Watts
Big Hit Award (most big hits during season) Andre Carter
Frank Storment Award (Outstanding student-athlete So. California) Scott Fujita
Tiny Bates Award (Outstanding athlete from Sacramento) Harold Pearson