NEWARK, Del. -- Football standout Kheon Hendricks, who went from a walk-on to captain to an All-American during his career with the Blue Hens, was honored as the 2009 University of Delaware Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual UD Men's Athletics Awards Luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Hendricks, who was selected in a vote by the head coaches of Delaware's
11 men's athletics teams, was among several athletes recognized during the awards luncheon for their accomplishments not only on the playing field but in the classroom and in the community. The annual UD Women's Intercollegiate Awards Banquet will take place Thursday evening at the Trabant Student Center.
One of the true success stories in University of Delaware football history, Hendricks went from a walk-on to a two-time All-American and established himself as one of the top centers in UD history. The Baltimore area native has earned a tryout with the National Football League Baltimore Ravens later this week where he will look to join former Blue Hen standout quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco and teammate Omar Cuff shared the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year last season. Hendricks becomes the 40th football player to earn the award but the first offensive lineman since Hank Vollendorf in 1969.
Hendricks, a resident of Pikesville, Md. (Woodlawn High School) enjoyed an outstanding four-year playing career for the Blue Hens, starting his career as an offensive guard and closing it out as a two-time All-American at center for head coach K.C. Keeler.
He led the Blue Hens to 26 wins over four season highlighted by the 2007 campaign when the Blue Hens, featuring one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks led by Flacco and Cuff, went 11-4 and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national title game before falling to Appalachian State in the finals.
Hendricks moved into a starting spot at guard as a sophomore and moved to center in 2007 when he led the Blue Hen offensive attack and earned honorable mention The Sports Network All-American honors as well as being selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team.
He served as a team co-captain during the 2008 season and although the Hens struggled to a 4-8 mark, he once again earned TSN honorable mention All-American honors and was a second team All-CAA pick. In addition, he was named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-American squad and earned the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Lineman Award. He started each the final 38 games of his career on the Blue Hen offensive line.
Hendricks earned his degree in biology from Delaware in 2008 and is currently enrolled in graduate school at UD studying sociology.
BASEBALL: Junior third baseman Carlos Alonso (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) and a first-year transfer from Santa Barbara City College, was the winner of the Pape Lukk Award as the baseball team's Most Valuable Player. He has enjoyed an outstanding first season with the Blue Hens and led Delaware to a record of 27-19 and a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament (May 20-22). A second team All-CAA selection, Alonso led Delaware with a .387 batting average, .489 on-base percentage (No. 4 in CAA) 19 doubles, 12 stolen bases, and 56 runs scored (No. 8 in CAA). A starter in all 45 regular season contests, including 44 at third base, he reached base safely in every game during the regular season and posted at least one hit in 42. He pieced together a season-best 15-game hitting streak during the middle of the year. He is a business major at Delaware.
BASKETBALL: Senior guard Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow HS), a second-year transfer from Georgetown, was the winner of the Col. C.B.
Shaffer Award as the men's basketball MVP. A two-year standout for the Hens under head coach Monté Ross, Egerson, was named to the NABC Division I All-District 10 and All-Colonial Athletic Association first team in 2008-09 after earning a spot in the All-CAA third team as a junior in 2007-08. This past season, he started all 32 games while leading the Blue Hens with 15.4 points and a CAA-leading 10.3 rebounds per game (No. 15 in NCAA). One of only 17 players in Division I to average a double-double, he also led the conference with 14 double-doubles, 8.6 defensive rebounds per game and 36.4 minutes played per game. He was the only Division I player in the country this past season to average over 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He is a black American studies major at Delaware.
CROSS COUNTRY: Junior Chris Bourke (Media, Pa./Strath-Haven HS) earned the Alumni Association Team MVP Award. A three-year letterwinner and an exercise science major with a minor in biology, Bourke led the Blue Hens in four of the six races he ran during the season and posted three top 10 finishes. He placed second in the Blue Hen Classic, fourth in the Delaware Invitational, 10th in the Old Nassau Run at Princeton, and 15th at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. Also a standout distance runner for the UD indoor and outdoor track and field teams, he placed fourth in the 10,000 meter run at the 2009 CAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in April.
FOOTBALL: Senior middle linebacker Erik Johnson (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport HS) won the Alumni Association Most Valuable Player Award. A former walk-on, Johnson capped his career by leading one of the top defensive units in the Colonial Athletic Association. Despite an early season shoulder injury that limited his action, he still played in
11 games and recorded 62 tackles to rank fourth on the team. The co-captain also had 4.5 tackles for loss, broke up three passes, and had one interception. A nine-time Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Game for his career, he was named the the Outstanding Senior Defensive Player by the club for the 2008 campaign. An honor student as a health & physical education major, he ranks among UD's all-time career tackles leaders with 322 and also had seven interceptions.
GOLF: Sophomore Justin Martinson (Avondale, Pa./Kennett HS), a first-year transfer from Charleston Southern, was the recipient of the John J. DeLuca/Scotty Duncan Most Valuable Player Award for golf. An international relations major, Martinson enjoyed an outstanding first season with the Hens as he led the team three times and captured medalist honors at the George Washington Invitational and Lafayette Invitational while also placing fourth at the Lehigh Invitational. A two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, he ranked second on the team with a 74.59 stroke average in 22 rounds and shot a season-best 71 three times. He placed 35th at the CAA championships in April.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Sophomore John Viotto (Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick HS) was named the Alumni Association Team MVP for indoor track and field. A two-year letterwinner for both the indoor and outdoor teams as a weight thrower, he captured six meet titles in the shot put - three each indoors and outdoors - and finished 12th at the IC4A indoor shot put championships and 13th at the outdoor IC4A meet. He also placed second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Championships. His season-long throw of 53-5 1/2 in the indoor shot put was the third best throw in school history. He is a history education major at Delaware.
LACROSSE: Junior attackman Curtis Dickson (Riverside/Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) was named the Alumni Association MVP for the men's lacrosse squad, earning the award for the second straight year. Dickson, a criminal justice major, earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second straight year and was honored by the league for third straight season after making the All-Rookie team in 2007. He was the Blue Hens' leading scorer and led the CAA in points per game (3.0) while ranking No. 2 in goals per game. He scored 33 goals and dished out 12 assists for 45 points on the season and extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 40 games. He scored three or more goals five times and tallied his 100th career goal in the season finale.
SOCCER: Junior midfielder Darren Christie (Baring, Swaziland), a second-year transfer from Alabama A&M, was named the winner of the Alumni Association Team MVP Award for men's soccer for the second straight season. Christie, a sociology major, earned third team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2008 as he led the team with
11 points on four goals and three assists while also posting a team-high
22 shots on goal. He also was among the Hens' top defensive players. He has started all 34 games during his two-year career for the Blue Hens.
SWIMMING & DIVING: Junior Hans Gillan (Boca Raton, Fla./North Broward Prep), earned the Jack & Hugh Dougherty Alumni Association Team MVP Award. A first-year transfer from Georgia, Gillan enjoyed a record-setting season as he set UD standards in the 100 freestyle (44.25), 100 butterfly (47.35), 200 freestyle relay (1:20.76), 400 medley relay (3:18.39), and 400 freestyle relay (2:57.65). A three-time Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer of the Week, Gillan was an NCAA Provisional qualifier in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay and set conference records in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 400 freestyle. He led the Blue Hens to a third place team finish at the CAA championships as he won the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay and placed second in the 200 freestyle relay and 100 freestyle.
TENNIS: Junior Austin Longacre (Avon Grove/Landenberg, PA) was the recipient of the Alexander J. Taylor Team MVP Award for the second straight season. The team's No. 1 singles and doubles player each of the past three seasons, he earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors at singles and third team All-CAA laurels in doubles in leading the Hens to a dual record of 10-5 this season. He posted the team's best singles record with a mark of 20-5 at the No. 1 spot and teamed with three partners to record a 14-7 doubles mark. A business major at Delaware, he also earned All-CAA honors at both singles and doubles in 2007-08 and owns a career singles record of 52-30 to rank No.
3 all-time at UD in wins.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Sophomore Jeremy Simkins (Pittsgrove, N.J./Schalik HS) won the Alumni Association Most Valuable Player honor for men's outdoor track and field. One of the top hurdles in the Colonial Athletic Association, he posted four top five finishes at the CAA Outdoor Championships in April as he finished third in the 110 meter hurdles, third in the 4 x 100 meter relay, fourth in the 4 x 400 meter relay, and fifth in the 400 meter hurdles. He captured three individual meet titles during the spring and also competed at the IC4A Championships, finishing 23rd in the 400 meter hurdles and 26th in the 4 x 400m relay. His top time of 53.17 in the 400 meter hurdles this past spring was the fourth best time in school history. He is a marketing major at Delaware.
In addition to the team Most Valuable Player awards, also recognized at the luncheon for their efforts in the classroom and in the community were the following:
Junior men's soccer defender Kyle Davis (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum), a biochemistry major with a minor in German, was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Medal of Merit Award winner as the male student-athlete with the highest grade point index. Davis, who carries a
3.85 grade point average, appeared in seven games this past fall and made six starts on defense for the Blue Hens. He anchored a defense that allowed an average of 2.05 goals per game and earned a 1-0 shutout over Virginia Commonwealth. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 2 All-Academic first team following the season. He also earned his team's UD Sportsmanship Award this past fall.
In tennis, junior Camilo Perez (Bucaramanga, Colombia/La Quinta Del Puente HS) received the Lee J. Hyncik Awards as the junior member of the team with the highest grade point index. A three-year letterwinner and a CoSIDA Academic All-America nominee, Perez carries a 3.70 gpa as an electrical engineering major with a minor in math. An Arthur Ashe Jr.
Sports Scholar nominee and two-team team UD Sportsmanship Award winner, Perez posted a 6-3 record in singles and 13-5 mark in doubles in leading the team to a 10-5 dual record this season.
The University of Delaware Student Services for Athletes also announced two annual awards that recognize student-athletes who have provided
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Senior football player Kervin Michaud (Levittown, Pa./Pennsbury HS) earned the Dr. Janice Jordan Award presented to a student-athlete who has made outstanding progress academically while at Delaware. A civil engineering major with a minor in math, Michaud was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and running back and led Delaware to the
2007 NCAA Division I national championship game. A 2008 co-captain, he ranks among Delaware's all-time leading pass receivers with 135 receptions for 1,394 yards and was a third team All-CAA selection in 2007. He will attend graduate school in mathematics.
Senior cross country and track & field distance runner Alex Gambogi (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) received the Student Services for Athletes Outstanding Contributor Award for special contributions to the office.
An honor student as a biological sciences major, Gambogi carries a 3.67 gpa and has been accepted to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University hospital. He earned three letters in cross country and three letters in track and field during his career and placed 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He served as vice president of the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and served as co-chair of the annual Pigskin Pass that raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics Delaware last fall.
Also at the luncheon, the annual ECAC Appreciation Award was presented to Keith Handling, former University of Delaware head athletic trainer.
The award is presented each year by the UD athletics department for overall contributions to the program. Handling, currently a full-time professor at Delaware, retired this past summer after serving as assistant and head athletic trainer at UD for 36 years.