PHILADELPHIA - Fifteen student-athletes were honored Friday as winners ofi postseason awards at the annuall Penn Football Banquet. Senior running back Joe Sandberg and senior safety Scotty Williams were each presented with the George Munger Award as the team's offensive and defensive MVP's.
Alumnus Gary Vura W'83 was honored with the Penn Football Man of the Year award, given annually to an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to the program.
Wide receiver Matt Carre and defensive lineman J.J. Stanton were selected by their teammates to receive the Edgar Church Memorial Award, given to the players who contributed the most to the team. The Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the team's most outstanding offensive and defensive linemen, wasawarded to left guard SeanEstradaand defensive linemen Brian Fairbanks and Naheem Harris.
Wide receiver/kicker Braden Lepisto and linebacker Joe Anastasio were selected as the team's most improved players, while tight end Chris Mizell, defensive end Jim Malizia and punter Anthony Melillo weregiven the PennFootball Club award. Quarterback Robert Irvin and cornerback Tyson Maugle were selected as the Penn Football Club offensive and defensive rookies of the year.
Right tackle Andrew Wietstock was given the George Weiss Award for exemplifying the "Pennsylvania kind of football."
2006 Penn Football Award Winners
Edgar Church Memorial Award - To the player, who by vote of the letterwinners, has contributed the most to the team.
Offense Matt Carre
Defense J.J. Stanton
Charles Bednarik Award To an outstanding lineman
Offense Sean Estrada
Defense Brian Fairbanks / Naheem Harris
George Munger Award - To the team MVP
Offense Joe Sandberg
Defense Scotty Williams
Reds Bagnell Award To the most improved player
Offense Braden Lepisto
Defense Joe Anastasio
Penn Football Club Award
Offense Chris Mizell
Defense Jim Malizia
Special Teams Anthony Melillo
Offensive Rookie Robert Irvin
Defensive Rookie Tyson Maugle
George A Weiss Award - To the player who best embodies the Pennsylvania kind of football
Man of the Year Award- Honoring the alumnus who has always supported and championed the Penn Football program
Gary Vura W'83