|Football awards banquet|
The University of Idaho football team honored its captains, graduating seniors and award winners at its annual banquet Saturday night at the Student Union Ballroom.
Safety Shiloh Keo, a fixture in the secondary since his arrived on campus in 2006, earned the team's Most Valuable Player honor. Quarterback Nathan Enderle and receiver Eric Greenwood were honored as the team's Offensive Players of the Year, while defensive end Aaron Lavarias was the Defensive Player of the Year and punter Bobby Cowan the Most Valuable Special Teams Player.
Also recognized were running back Deonte' Jackson as the Wayne Walker Ironman Award winner and safety Brandon Artz was the Special Teams Ironman award winner. The Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational Player went to linebacker Tre'Shawn Robinson and the Wayne Anderson Coaches Award went to defensive tackle Michael Cosgrove. Defensive tackle Jonah Sataraka earned the Vandal Pride Strength Award and Lavarias, as the night's only double honoree, was the recipient of the Kathy Clark Scholar-Athlete Award.
The scout team awards went the Justin Podrabsky (offense), Maxx Forde (defense) and Tom Hennessey (special teams).
Keo leaves Idaho with the all-time punt return yardage record (585) and is in the top six on five other career and single-season lists. He accumulated 358 tackles (fifth all-time at Idaho) as well as 11 interceptions (tied for sixth all-time), 21 passes defensed (sixth career) and 18.5 tackles for loss in a career that included redshirting for part of the 2008 season with a shoulder injury.
Enderle became Idaho's first quarterback to surpass the 10,000-mark since the Vandals moved to Division I in 1996. He's the third overall with his 10,084 yards, which capped a senior season during which he was on three national watch lists and was a top 10 player on the Manning Award list. He leaves Idaho as the all-time leader in pass attempts (1,427) and is second in completions (779). He is fourth all-time in average per game (224.1), TD passes (74) and total offense yards (9,935).
Greenwood capped his career by leading the Vandals in receiving during his senior season. He pulled in 46 passes for 741 yards for an average of 16.1 yards per catch. He graduates with 1,246 yards on 89 receptions after playing since his true freshman year.
Lavarias came into his own as a senior and led the team with 17 tackles for loss totaling minus-85 yards. He finished his career 30 tackles for loss (-127 yards), 14 quarterback sacks (-94 yards), 19 quarterback hurries and a total 152 yards. He scored the first touchdown of his football career (dating to junior high school) when he recovered a fumble in the end zone against Boise State.
Cowan has made a big impression as Idaho's punter and is the current career average leader (44.2 on 101 punts). More than one-third of his punts have been longer than 50 yards with his longest a 67-yarder in 2009. His longest in 2010 was 65. His 2010 average of 45.1 yards per kick is second best for a single season in school history.
Sataraka, a two-time team captain, wrapped up his Idaho career with 91 tackles, which includes 10.5 for loss (-39 yards) and five sacks (-30 yards). He also had four quarterback hurries and two passes defensed in addition to one fumble recovery.
Cosgrove, as a junior one of three underclassmen to be honored, had 30 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss (-15 yards) and 10 quarterback hurries during 2010 as he accumulated career totals of 82 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss (-37 yards) and 6.5 sacks (-31 yards).
Robinson was called on to step into a starting linebacking role when JoJo Dickson was lost for the season with a broken ankle. He responded with three double-digit tackle efforts, which includes 16 against Nevada, in totaling 80 for the season. Included in his 2010 total were 10 tackles for loss to bring his career numbers to 143 total tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss (-66 yards).
Artz, a backup safety, earned a scholarship prior to the start of the season and was voted Special Teams Captain alongside Keo. He had seven tackles on the season and was an integral member of the special teams unit.
The scout team honorees are Podrabsky, a 6-foot-6 quarterback from Lewiston; Forde, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Woodinville, Wash., and Hennessey, a 5-foot-11 cornerback from Mountain Home whose father, Tom, was a linebacker at Idaho and still is third on the Vandals' all-time tackles list.