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M&GB HAIL Awards

January 4th, 2015 by Justin Potts


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Each year following the season, our staff votes on the top players, plays, and moments of the season that was in an effort to memorialize them for posterity’s sake. Click the year below to scroll through, that year’s awards, or scroll down to each category below to see each winner.

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Harmon Player of the Year

Harmon2011 – Denard Robinson
142-of-258 for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns, 221 rush for 1,176 yards and 16 touchdowns

2012 – Denard Robinson
89-of-167 for 1,319 yards and 9 touchdowns, 177 rush for 1,266 yards and 7 touchdowns

2013 – Jeremy Gallon
89 receptions for 1,373 yards and 9 touchdowns

2014 – Jake Ryan
112 tackles (67 solo), 14 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF, 3 PBU, 5 QBH

2015 – Jake Rudock
249-of-389 (64.0%) for 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

2016 – Jabrill Peppers
72 tackles (47 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 27 carries for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns (6.2 average), 2 receptions for 3 yards, 21 punt returns for 310 yards and 1 touchdown (14.8 average), 10 kick returns for 260 yards (26.0 average)

2017 – Maurice Hurst
59 tackles (24 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

Chappuis Offensive Player of the Year

Chappuis2011 – Denard Robinson
142-of-258 for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns, 221 rush for 1,176 yards and 16 touchdowns

2012 – Denard Robinson & Devin Gardner (tie)
Robinson: 89-of-167 for 1,319 yards and 9 touchdowns, 177 rush for 1,266 yards and 7 touchdowns
Gardner: 75-of-126 for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns, 47 rush for 101 yards and 7 touchdowns

2013 – Jeremy Gallon
89 receptions for 1,373 yards and 9 touchdowns

2014 – Devin Gardner & Devin Funchess (tie)
Gardner: 174-of-283 for 1,896 yards and 10 touchdowns, 98 rush for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns
Funchess: 62 receptions for 733 yards and 4 touchdowns

2015 – Jake Rudock
249-of-389 (64.0%) for 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

2016 – Amara Darboh
57 receptions for 862 yards and 7 touchdowns (15.1 average)

2017 – Karan Higdon
147 carries for 929 yards and 11 touchdowns (6.3 average), 7 receptions for 120 yards (17.1 average)

Schulz Defensive Player of the Year

Schulz2011 – Mike Martin
64 tackles (20 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 safety, 3 quarterback hurries

2012 – Jake Ryan
88 tackles (56 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

2013 – Blake Countess
46 tackles (26 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 4 pass breakups

2014 – Jake Ryan
112 tackles (67 solo), 14 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF, 3 PBU, 5 QBH

2015 – Jourdan Lewis
52 tackles (37 solo), 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 2 INT, 20 PBU, 1 FF

2016 – Jabrill Peppers
72 tackles (47 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble

2017 – Maurice Hurst
59 tackles (24 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

Yost Coach of the Year

Yost2011 – Brady Hoke & Greg Mattison (tie)

2012 – Greg Mattison

2013 – Jeff Hecklinski

2014 – Greg Mattison

2015 – Jim Harbuagh

2016 – Don Brown

2017 – Mike Zordich

Little Brown Jug Game of the Year

Little Brown Jug2011 – 40-34 win over Ohio State

2012 – Last second field goal to beat Michigan State

2013 – Under the Lights II win over Notre Dame

2014 – Under the Lights III win over Penn State

2015 – 38-0 shutout of Northwestern

2016 – 30-27 2OT loss at #2 Ohio State

2017 – 33-17 season-opening win over #17 Florida

Howard Play of the Year

Desmond Howard2011 – Denard Robinson touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree to beat Notre Dame

2012 – Roy Roundtree’s acrobatic catch on Hail Mary against Northwestern

2013 – Fire drill field goal to force overtime against Northwestern

2014 – Frank Clark stops Northwestern two-point conversion

2015 – Last-second goal line stand at Minnesota

2016 – Jourdan Lewis’ flying one-handed interception to seal win over Wisconsin

2017 –

Biakabutuka Performance of the Year

Biakabutuka2011 – Denard Robinson’s 5 touchdowns in win over Ohio State

2012 – Denard Robinson recording 101% of Michigan’s offense against Air Force

2013 – Devin Gardner’s record-setting performance against Ohio State

2014 – Devin Gardner’s 254 yards, 2 touchdowns against Ohio State

2015 – Jake Rudock’s 33-of-46 for 440 yards, 6 touchdowns, 7 carries for 64 yards against Indiana

2016 – Jabrill Peppers vs Colorado: 9 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 kick returns for 81 yards, 4 punt returns for 99 yards and 1 TD

2017 – Khaleke Hudson vs Minnesota: 13 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Friedman Quarterback of the Year

Friedman2011 – Denard Robinson
142-of-258 for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns, 221 rush for 1,176 yards and 16 touchdowns

2012 – Denard Robinson & Devin Gardner (tie)
Robinson: 89-of-167 for 1,319 yards and 9 touchdowns, 177 rush for 1,266 yards and 7 touchdowns
Gardner: 75-of-126 for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns, 47 rush for 101 yards and 7 touchdowns

2013 – Devin Gardner
208-of-345 for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns, 165 rush for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns

2014 – Devin Gardner
174-of-283 for 1,896 yards and 10 touchdowns, 98 rush for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns

2015 – Jake Rudock
249-of-389 (64.0%) for 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

2016 – Wilton Speight
204-of-331 (61.6%) for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

2017 – Brandon Peters
37-of-64 (57.8%) for 486 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Heston Running Back of the Year

Heston2011 – Fitzgerald Toussaint
187 rush for 1,041 yards and 9 touchdowns (5.6 yards per carry)

2012 – Denard Robinson
177 rush for 1,266 yards and 7 touchdowns (7.2 yards per carry)

2013 – None

2014 – Drake Johnson
60 rush for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns (6.0 yards per carry)

2015 – De’Veon Smith
180 rush for 753 yards and 6 touchdowns (4.2 yards per carry)

2016 – De’Veon Smith
181 rush for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns (4.7 yards per carry)

2017 – Karan Higdon
147 carries for 929 yards and 11 touchdowns (6.3 average), 7 receptions for 120 yards (17.1 average)

Carter Receiver of the Year

Carter2011 – Junior Hemingway
34 receptions for 699 yards and 4 touchdowns

2012 – Jeremy Gallon
49 receptions for 829 yards and 4 touchdowns

2013 – Jeremy Gallon
89 receptions for 1,373 yards and 9 touchdowns

2014 – Devin Funchess
62 receptions for 733 yards and 4 touchdowns

2015 – Jehu Chesson
50 receptions for 764 yards and 9 touchdowns

2016 – Amara Darboh
57 receptions for 862 yards and 7 touchdowns

2017 – Sean McKeon
29 receptions for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns

Dierdorf Offensive Lineman of the Year

Dierdorf2011 – David Molk
Senior

2012 – Taylor Lewan
Junior

2013 – Taylor Lewan
Senior

2014 – Mason Cole
Freshman

2015 – Graham Glasgow
Senior

2016 – Mason Cole
Junior

2017 – Mason Cole
Senior

Messner Defensive Lineman of the Year

 

Messner2011 – Mike Martin & Ryan Van Bergen (tie)
Martin: 64 tackles (20 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 safety
Van Bergen: 45 tackles (25 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries, 4 pass breakups

2012 – William Campbell
44 tackles (16 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack

2013 – Frank Clark
43 tackles (19 solo), 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 pass breakup, 7 quarterback hurries

2014 – Willie Henry
20 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown

2015 – Chris Wormley
43 tackles (25 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble

2016 – Taco Charlton
43 tackles (19 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups, 10 quarterback hurries

2017 – Maurice Hurst
59 tackles (24 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

Simpkins Linebacker of the Year

Simpkins2011 – Jake Ryan & Kenny Demens (tie)
Ryan: 37 tackles (20 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries
Demens: 94 tackles (49 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass breakups

2012 – Jake Ryan
88 tackles (56 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass breakups

2013 – Desmond Morgan
79 tackles (40 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass breakups

2014 – Jake Ryan
112 tackles (67 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumble, 3 pass breakups, 5 quarterback hurries

2015 – Desmond Morgan
71 tackles (37 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 forced fumble

2016 – Jabrill Peppers
72 tackles (47 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble

2017 – Khaleke Hudson
72 tackles (40 solo), 16.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, 4 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles

Woodson Defensive Back of the Year

Woodson2011 – Jordan Kovas
75 tackles (51 solo), 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass breakup

2012 – Jordan Kovacs
68 tackles (42 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass breakups

2013 – Blake Countess
46 tackles (26 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 4 pass breakups

2014 – Jourdan Lewis
39 tackles (28 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 pass breakups

2015 – Jourdan Lewis
52 tackles (37 solo), 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 2 INT, 20 PBU, 1 FF

2016 – Jourdan Lewis
25 tackles (18 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 11 pass breakups

2017 – Lavert Hill
24 tackles (15 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups

Hamilton Special Teams Player of the Year

Hamilton2011 – Brendan Gibbons & Jeremy Gallon (tie)
Gibbons: 13-of-17 field goals, long of 43, 54-of-55 extra points
Gallon: 19 punt returns for 192 yards (10.1 average), 3 kick returns for 46 yards

2012 – Brendan Gibbons & Dennis Norfleet (tie)
Gibbons: 16-of-18 field goals, long of 52, 45-of-45 extra points
Norfleet: 35 kick returns for 827 yards (23.6 average), 2 punt returns for 53 yards

2013 – Brendan Gibbons
15-of-20 field goals, long of 47, 44-of-44 extra points

2014 – Dennis Norfleet
19 kick returns for 438 yards (23.1 average), 10 punt returns for 38 yards

2015 – Jabrill Peppers
8 kick returns for 223 yards (27.9 average), 17 punt returns for 194 yards (11.4 average)

2016 – Jabrill Peppers
21 punt returns for 310 yards and 1 touchdown (14.8 average), 10 kick returns for 260 yards (26.0 average)

2017 – Donovan Peoples-Jones
36 punt returns for 307 yards, 1 touchdown (8.5 average)

Hart Newcomer of the Year

Hart2011 – Blake Countess
44 tackles (30 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 6 pass breakups

2012 – Devin Funchess
15 receptions for 234 yards and 5 touchdowns

2013 – Jake Butt
20 receptions for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns

2014 – Drake Johnson
60 rush for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns (6.0 yards per carry)

2015 – Jake Rudock
249-of-389 (64.0%) for 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

2016 – Chris Evans
88 carries for 614 yards and 4 touchdowns (7.0 average), 6 receptions for 87 yards (14.5 average)

2017 – Quinn Nordin
15-of-20 field goals (75.0%), long of 55 yards

Schembechler ‘Those who Stay’ Senior of the Year

Schembechler2011 – Mike Martin

2012 – Denard Robinson

2013 – Jeremy Gallon

2014 – Jake Ryan

2015 – Desmond Morgan

2016 – Jake Butt

2017 – Khalid Hill & Mike McCray

Harris Most Improved of the Year

Harris2011 – Brendan Gibbons & Fitzgerald Toussaint (tie)

2012 – Devin Gardner

2013 – Devin Funchess

2014 – Jourdan Lewis

2015 – Jake Rudock

2016 – Taco Charlton

2017 – Rashan Gary