ICYMI: Stanford football announced its 2019 team honors at annual banquet on Sunday

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By Ana Kieu

Fifth-year running back Cameron Scarlett received the Irving S. Zeimer Award as the team’s most valuable player while fifth-year outside linebacker Casey Toohill earned the Al Masters Award for leadership and respect from his teammates at Stanford football’s annual banquet at Traitel Hall at the Hoover Institution on Sunday.

Here’s the complete list of awardees.

Irving S. Zeimer Award — Cameron Scarlett
Awarded to the 2019 team MVP.
A team-captain, Scarlett finished the season with 840 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, finishing his career tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (24) and 18th in career rushing yards.

Al Masters Award — Casey Toohill
Awarded to the player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates.

Tommy Vardell Award — Casey Toohill
Awarded to the junior or senior player who best epitomizes excellence in both academics and athletics.
A team captain, Campbell Trophy finalist and CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient, Toohill finished with 60 tackles, including a team-high 11.5 for loss and eight sacks. He also added 10 quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, forced fumble and blocked kick.

Jack Huston Award — Curtis Robinson
Awarded to the player exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance, and unheralded efforts.
Robinson finished second on the team with 64 tackles, adding two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Jim Reynolds Award — Malik Antoine
Awarded to the senior player whose courage on the field and devotion to the game are an inspiration to all.
Despite missing the final three games of the season, Antoine–a team captain–continued to lead from the sideline. He finished the season with 31 tackles, four pass breakups and 0.5 tackles for loss.

Gundelach Award — Davis Mills
Awarded to the most outstanding junior player.
Mills started six games at quarterback and passed for 1,960 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a school-record 504 at Washington State. He completed 158-of-241 (65.6%) of passes on the year.

Deswarte-Eller Award — Simi Fehoko
Awarded to the most outstanding sophomore player.
Fehoko led the team with six touchdown receptions, catching 24 passes for 586 yards. He averaged a school-record 23.6 yards per reception and is tops among Power 5 receivers in that category.

Outstanding Freshman Award — Jonathan McGill
Awarded to the most outstanding freshman player.
McGill started six games at nickelback in 2019 as a true freshman, playing in all 12. He totaled 35 tackles with three for loss. He also added three pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery that he returned 28 yards for a touchdown.

Phil Moffatt Awards — Ryan Sanborn and Connor Wedington
Awarded to the top two most outstanding special teams performers.
Sanborn was the only true freshman this season to handle primary punting duties for his team while also kicking off at least 20 times (28) and making seven field goals. Following Jet Toner’s season-ending injury against UCLA, Sanborn handled all three phases in the kicking game.

Wedington was a dynamic receiver and return man in 2019. In addition to his 506 receiving yards, he added 590 kick return yards on 21 attempts, averaging 28.1 yards per return.

Team Technician Award — Drew Dalman
Awarded to the player demonstrating a positive attitude and a consistent commitment to strength and conditioning.
Dalman’s dedication paid off in a big way in 2019, as he started all 12 games at center. A member of the Cardinal leadership council, he mentored three true freshman offensive lineman who started the last six games alongside him and junior Foster Sarell (right tackle).

The Billy Anderson Commitment to Community Outreach Award (Offense) — Connor Wedington
Awarded to the offensive player who demonstrates a special commitment to community outreach.
Wedington is a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2019 for his commitment to starting Hope Given By, a nonprofit organization that builds relationships with the homeless community of San Francisco through passing out items of necessity.

The Chris Draft Commitment to Community Outreach Award (Defense) — Treyjohn Butler
Awarded to the defensive player who demonstrates a special commitment to community outreach.
Butler has been active in his hometown community as well as also in the greater Bay Area with visits to the Children’s Hospital, reading programs in East Palo Alto and many other community service events. He has also served as the house Academic Theme Associate at Ujamaa.

Frank Rehm Awards — Mike Wilson (offense) and Jovan Swann (defense)
Awarded to the most outstanding players in the Big Game

Greg Piers Awards — Dylan Plautz (offense), Jake Lynch (defense) and Levani Damuni (special teams)
Awarded to the most outstanding special teams as well as offensive and defensive scout team players.

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