TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona's football program celebrated its senior class and the 2013 season with its annual banquet on Sunday afternoon at the Loews Ventana Canyon. Hosted by Arizona Athletics, the football players, coaches and staff, athletics staff, fans, family and friends of the department were in attendance.
In an event hosted by the Voice of the Wildcats Brian Jeffries, the crowd heard from head coach Rich Rodriguez, senior associate athletics director Erika Barnes and team captains senior receiver Terrence Miller, senior defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamaka and senior linebacker Jake Fischer.
Fischer was named the Football Senior Scholar-Athlete and receiver Nate Phillips was named the Football Freshman Scholar-Athlete. For the second year in a row, Fischer was honored with the Tedy Bruschi Award, given to the player who best demonstrates hard work, commitment, determination, leadership, selflessness and gives his all for the good of the team.
With 35 career starts in 49 career games played, Tuihalamaka earned the Lineman of the Year Award. For the second-straight season, junior running back Ka'Deem Carey was named Team Most Valuable Player. In a vote of the Pac-12 coaches, Carey was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He is a Doak Walker Award finalist and a Heisman Trophy and All-America candidate. He is Arizona’s all-time career rushing leader (4,070 yards).
Also recognized were members of the All-Pac-12 Team, the Pac-12 All-Academic Team, the Pac-12 Players of the Week and the Arizona coaches' Players of the Week.
Arizona received word Sunday that the Wildcats will play the Boston College Eagles at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, held in Shreveport, La. on Dec. 31. Tickets for the AdvoCare V100 Bowl can be purchased by visiting the McKale Center Ticket Office, calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com/bowlgame.For continued coverage of Arizona football, follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/ArizonaFootball and on Twitter @ArizonaFBall.