Miners wrap season with awards banquet | TheUnion.com

Miners wrap season with awards banquet

Nevada Union's Ian Davis runs back a kick off Friday evening at Roseville High School.
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Despite the football season being long over for Nevada Union, Kyle Cota and Ian Davis are still connecting with impressive results.

The senior quarterback-and-wide-receiver tandem that shredded secondaries all season shared one more celebration Nov. 28 at the Nevada Union football awards banquet.

Cota and Davis were awarded the Jim Brown MVP award presented by 1994 recipient Isaac Ostrom.

In his senior year, Cota threw for a Sierra Foothill League best 2,518 yards to go with 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Davis was on the receiving end of 11 of those touchdowns, catching 77 passes for 1,305 yards.

Boise State-bound Tanner Vallejo was named the Miners’ Defensive MVP after a stellar season where he amassed 129 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, a sack and an interception.

The other NU defender to tally at least 100 tackles was junior Gareth Noxon, who was awarded the Hitter of the Year title. 2008 Hitter of the Year recipient Eric Niederberger presented the award to the talented safety.

The Ryan Mello Award, going to the top Miner running back, went to Hank Humphers. The senior back led NU with 432 rushing yards and punched in four touchdowns on the ground. Humphers also caught 18 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns.

Winning the Adam Strain Award for outstanding players who have made great sacrifices for their team went to Cole Hannum and Owen Sparks. Hannum and Sparks were denied eligibility by the Sac-Joaquin Section to compete in football but continued to play valuable roles on the team by practicing and supporting the team throughout the 2012 campaign.

NU defensive lineman Terry Graham was awarded the Michael Bratton II Award for outstanding play, great passion and enthusiasm. The undersized defensive linemen was one of the Miners’ top pass rushers.

The Fred Anderson Award for outstanding play with high moral character went to tight end Austin Marks and linebacker Miguel Espinosa. Marks accounted for 395 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Marks also tallied 59 tackles playing defensive end. Espinosa notched 59 tackles and two sacks and recovered three fumbles.

Finally, Cameron Townsend won the Miner 4 Life Award presented by NU coach Kelly Graham. Townsend played on both the offensive and defensive line accounting for 50 tackles in 2012.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by phone at (530) 477-4232. Deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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