RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.3 (Football)
11 solo stops
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Although late to hit the red carpet for the sixth annual Rock Chalk Choice Awards due to practice, Kansas football still managed to crash the party, taking home two individual awards along with a team award.
Junior running back Reese Randall was the first footballer to pick up an award as he was named the Best Jayhawk in a Supporting Role, which is presented to the student-athlete who best demonstrates extraordinary sportsmanship, support and loyalty to teammates and Kansas Athletics.
“What a huge honor it is to receive this award,” said Randall. “I have always been blown away by the amount of encouragement and support there is within the athletics department and the coaching staff, and I strive to continue the precedent they have set. I try to be the best teammate I can be for the football team and all those I come in contact with at KU. Receiving this award serves as motivation to continue building up those around me.”
Next up for the football squad was junior wide receiver Jeremiah Booker taking home the True Blue Award. Booker is true blue through and through as the award is given to the student-athlete who best demonstrates an ability to excel in academics and athletics, while advancing the mission of Kansas Athletics on campus and in the community.
“Winning the True Blue Award means so much to me,” said Booker. “I take a lot of pride in not only being successful with academics and football, but also in helping make someone else’s life better. I am lucky to have so many people at KU football who support me and believe in me and without them I would not be in this position.”
The final award of the night was the top moment from the 2016-17 athletic year. Video vignettes highlighted the nominees for the Moment of the Year that were shown throughout the night’s show before the audience vote to determine the winner, which ended up being football’s 24-21 overtime victory over Texas.
The win against UT marked the first time Kansas defeated the Longhorns since 1938, a 78-year drought. Down 21-10 in the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks orchestrated an 80-yard drive to score with 7:48 remaining in the game to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to come within three points, before Matthew Wyman drilled a 36-yard field goal to tie the game and ultimately send it to overtime. Wyman played the hero again by sending home a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give the Jayhawks the monumental victory.
While the entire team took the stage to pick up the award, junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., was selected to speak on its behalf.
“We are very humbled to win this award,” said Armstrong. “Every nominee in this category was amazing. They all won championships and did really big things. We feel honored to even be considered along with them. We are looking forward to continuing to do big things, alongside all of the other programs at KU. It’s going to be a great year.”