Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining me for the BYU edition of the Husky Game Awards. We’re gathered here at the beautiful UW Dawg Pound blog to honor the best and the brightest from the game we just watched. It’s truly an honor to be hosting this awards blog and to be surrounded by so much talent and ability, even if some are more talented and able than others. [Pause for laughter]
But seriously, folks, the Husky Game Award is an honor that will last a lifetime and can change the careers of those who win it. Just like the awards can last a lifetime, so too can the memories we have of the players who won them. These players inspire us to laugh, to cry, to cheer, to boo, and to stand in long stadium lines for the bathroom. [Pause for laughter] So today, let’s enjoy ourselves as we celebrate the best players of the BYU game, because nothing can take the sting out of our real life problems like reading a blog about a football game and then arguing about it in the comments.
So with that, let’s get to our first award, the Offensive MVP. Please join me in welcoming our distinguished presenter: me.
Thanks, Andrew. The offensive MVP is perhaps the most glamorous award that we present at the Husky Game Awards. Some of the all-time greats have won this award. Who will join them today? The nominees for Husky Game Awards, offensive MVP are:
Jake Browning, 23/25, 277 yards, 2 TD (1 Rushing). Browning led the Husky offense for three very efficient quarters before the coaches called off the Dawgs. He came up one completion short of an NCAA record for completion percentage in a single game. He also answered any questions about whether we would see “good Jake” from the 2016 season ever again.
Salvon Ahmed, 10 carries for 86 yards, 2 TDs. Ahmed had something of a breakout game after a slow start to the season. He showed flashes against ASU last week, but took another step forward with two scores against BYU. After his quiet opening three games, it has been reassuring to see prime production from a crucial offensive weapon going into the meat of the conference schedule.
Aaron Fuller, 8 receptions, 107 yards. Fuller set a new career high with his eight-catch game and passed the century mark in yardage for the third time this season. Fuller already has career highs in receptions and yardage on the year. He continued to find ways to get himself open against BYU, consistently sitting in soft spots in their zone coverage where Browning could find him on intermediate routes.
[Drumroll] And the winner of offensive MVP for the BYU game is… [opens envelope]
Jake Browning, 23/25, 277 yards, 2 TD (1 Rushing).
This is Browning’s second consecutive Offensive MVP Award. Jake is not here to accept his award, so we will be sending it to him on the set of his next project, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Our next award is our final award of the day. You will recognize the presenter from his work on the intro and the presentation of the Offensive MVP. Please join me in welcoming back, me.
Thanks again, Andrew. This week’s nominees for defensive MVP are all deserving of recognition. The defense shut down BYU until the second unit conceded a TD on a short field after a muffed punt. With a performance like that, it’s a privilege just to be nominated. And the nominees are…
Myles Bryant, 7 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack. The Huskies chose to keep BYU’s passing attack in front of them, which resulted in plenty of opportunities for the secondary to tackle in space and prevent big plays. Bryant was busy on that front, but also cost BYU 14 yards on a sack when he came on a blitz.
Byron Murphy, 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FF. Murphy also kept the short passing game in front of him and peppered in a couple of big plays. One came on a perfectly defended pass where he stuck to the receiver like glue and batted the ball away just as it arrived. The other came on a hit that forced the ball loose for one of BYU’s three fumbles.
Ben Burr-Kirven, 1 FF, 1 FR. BBK did not replicate his crazy tackle stats from the ASU game, but he was part of a run defense that limited BYU to 1.2 YPC. He was also responsible for the defense’s one forced turnover.
[Drumroll] And the winner of the of the defensive MVP for the BYU game is… [opens envelope}
Byron Murphy, 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FF.
Unfortunately, Byron is not here to accept his award. [music plays me off] That’s all the time we have for today, folks. Thanks for joining me for the Husky Game Awards: BYU Edition!