January 23, 2011

Ridley, Kobli, Heeter Earn Top Butler Football Awards

TEAM HONORS:  Senior Matt Kobli, sophomore Jordan Ridley and freshman Trae Heeter earned Butler football Most Valuable Player awards for the 2010 season.  The three MVP’s were among a host of players honored at the team’s annual season-ending awards banquet on Sunday, Jan. 23.

Kobli, who put his versatility on display in 2010, was named Butler’s Offensive Top Dog for the second time in three seasons.  Playing several offensive positions, including back-up quarterback, Kobli wound up second on the team in scoring and passing and fourth in rushing.  In 2008, the Butler signal caller passed for 2,519 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns, while earning his first Offensive Top Dog Award.

Ridley, in his first year as a starting linebacker, earned Butler’s Defensive Top Dog Award.  He led the Pioneer Football League and ranked among the national leaders in the NCAA Division I FCS in tackles with 130, and he had 10 or more tackles in nine of Butler’s 11 games, including a league-high 17 tackles against Morehead State.  The second-year player earned first team All-PFL honors.

Heeter, who saw action in all 11 Butler games as a kickoff return specialist, was named Butler’s Special Teams Top Dog.  He led the Bulldogs and ranked fifth in the PFL in kick return average (21.4), and he ranked fourth in the league in total kickoff return yards (706).  The first-year back, who  earned honorable mention All-PFL recognition as a return specialist, further was honored as Butler’s Top Newcomer.

Junior Jeff Poss received the team’s Bulldog Pride Award, given to the player who best exemplifies The Butler Way.  Poss played in all 11 games and finished ninth on the team in total tackles (30).  Junior Pete Mattingly, a starting offensive guard in all 11 games this season and in 28 consecutive Butler games, earned Butler’s Battle of the Trenches Award, given to the team’s Lineman of the Year, and freshman Matt Benson received the team’s Most Improved Player Award.  Benson posted 15 tackles in six games, including 5.5 tackles for loss.

Head coach Jeff Voris presented Unsung Hero Awards, honoring scout team Players of the Year, to sophomore Jeremy Stephens (Defense), freshman Brandon Grubbe (Offense) and freshman Greg Egan (Special Teams).   The Butler coach also presented “One Play Warrior” Awards for Special Teams performance to senior Bob Olszewski, juniors David Lang and Jack McKenna, sophomores Steven Depositar and Robert Koteff and freshmen Trae Heeter, Jayme Szafranski and Sean Grady.

2010 Butler Football Awards

Offense Top Dog:  Matt Kobli
Defensive Top Dog:  Jordan Ridley
Special Teams Top Dog:  Trae Heeter
Bulldog Pride:  Jeff Poss
Battle of the Trenches:  Pete Mattingly
Most Improved Player:  Matt Benson
Top Newcomer:  Trae Heeter
Unsung Hero (Offense):  Brandon Grubbe
Unsung Hero (Defense):  Jeremy Stephens
Unsung Hero (Special Teams):  Greg Egan
One Play Warrior:  Bob Olszewski, David Lang, Jack McKenna, Steven Depositar, Robert Koteff, Trae Heeter, Jayme Szafranski, Sean Grady