Turner Named Football MVP

April 10, 2016

By: Tim Andrzejewski (

HOUSTON — Running back Luke Turner was named the winner of the 92nd George Martin Award as the 2015 Rice Most Valuable Player during the team's annual awards banquet held Sunday afternoon.

Turner joined named a 2015 captain along with senior quarterback Driphus Jackson, senior offensive lineman Andrew Reue, senior defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf and junior linebacker Alex Lyons.

Turner accounted for 233 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns last year. He had six rushing touchdowns, two receiving and one passing.

Turner was also presented with the Special Forces Silver Star Award.

Running back Darik Dillard, linebacker DJ Green, offensive lineman Trey Martin and defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf were also multiple award winners.

Dillard received the James Glanville Award for his combination of academic and athletic achievement as well as the George R. Brown Offensive award for outstanding running back. Green received the Joe Davis Award as the most improved defensive player from last spring and the Special Forces Medal of Honor Award. Martin received the Bill Whitmore Award goes to the most improved offensive player during spring drills and the George R. Brown Offensive award for Outstanding offensive lineman.

Mouchantaf received the "Bloody Joe" Davis Award which goes to the player or players who most display the competitive spirit of the legendary Rice assistant coach, rising above pain and injury to be the best player possible and the O.J. Brigance Courage Award, which is given annually to the Rice University football player who best represents and demonstrates the combined qualities of teamwork, good character, work ethic, and courageous leadership, which are the hallmark of the athletic and professional career of former Owl and NFL player O. J. Brigance.

Offensive lineman Caleb Williams was presented with the Billy Ed Daniels Award, given to the player who exhibits the qualities most desired in a teammate: hustle, devotion and attitude. Defensive back Justin Bickham was awarded with the Joe F. Lipscomb Award as the team's most outstanding freshman.

Zach Wright was presented with the George R. Brown offensive award for wide receivers. Alex Lyons, J.T. Blasingame and Derek Brown were presented with the Jess Neely Defensive Awards for linebacker, defensive back and defensive lineman, respectively.

James Farrimond earned the Special Forces Bronze Star.

The annual awards banquet closed out a weekend of activities that included the Blue-Gray Spring game and the Rice Football Golf Tournament.

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