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Football Closes Season with Annual Banquet

by Carolyn Binder

Courtesy of WMU Athletics/Mat Kanan

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Broncos held their annual season-ending team banquet Sunday evening at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.  Eleven individual awards were bestowed and six senior captains were honored.

JOHN GILL SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD - Jeremy Renda
The award given to the football scholar-athlete with the highest GPA on the team was given to senior Jeremy Renda.  Renda, an accountancy major, carries a 3.80 cumulative GPA and earned a 3.60 GPA this past spring semester.

MIKE GARY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - Kyle Lark
Lark, who was accepted into optometry school at Ferris State earlier this fall, started 11 of 12 games in 2013.  He ranked second on the team with a career high 96 tackles.  Lark also had 5.5 tackles for loss to go along with two pass break ups, a pair of QB hurries and a fumble recovery.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - Kirk NakamaDustin Pringle
Every year, Western Michigan football honors the player(s) that give back the most to the community they call home while at WMU.  This year the award was given to two Broncos, long snapper Kirk Nakama (2013 AFCA Good Works Team nominee) and offensive lineman Dustin Pringle.

BRONCO ELITE AWARD - Travonte Boles
This award is given out to the player that was a leader in a place that prepares the team and its members for game day, the weight room.  This year's winner, Boles, started all 12 games on the defensive line and ranked fifth on the team with 60 tackles.  He had 5.0 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, his second career interception, one pass break up and a blocked kick against Central Michigan.

STEAK AWARD - Andre Turner
A new award in 2013, the STEAK AWARD is given to the Bronco that stood out among all others on the scout team.  Turner helped prepare the WMU starting offensive line for game day each and every practice and will be a force coming off the edge in 2014 and beyond.

JASON BABIN TRENCH AWARD - Travonte BolesJames Kristof
This newly minted award is handed out the best lineman on either side of the ball.  Boles' numbers on the defensive line showed why he was the defensive selection.  Kristof, in his first season as a full-time starter, started at offensive guard in all 12 games, playing 827 snaps for an average of 68.9 snaps per game.

JOHN POTTER OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER - Andrew Haldeman
Haldeman made a career best 16 of 20 field goals in 2013, including a season long attempt of 48 yards.  He led the team with 68 points thanks in part to going through the season perfect on extra point attempts.  He now has made 47-straight PATs dating back to 2012.  He was named Mid-American Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2013.

GREG JENNINGS OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER - Corey Davis
BILL BROWN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Corey Davis
As a true freshman, Davis started in all 11 games played in 2013.  He led all freshmen wide receivers in receptions (67), receiving yards (941), TDs (6), receiving yards per game (85.5), and 100-yard receiving games (5).  Davis set WMU freshman records in receiving yards and 100-yard games, sharing the record with teammate Jaime Wilson for receptions.

JOHN OFFERDAHL OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Mike Jones
Jones, in his first year with the Broncos, ranked third on the team with 92 tackles (41 solo), with 5.0 TFLs, a pass break up, forced fumble and two QB hurries.  Jones started in 11 of 12 games, playing through injury over the last three games of the year.

TIM HILLER OUTSTANDING TEAM PLAYER - Justin Currie
Currie, who started every game of the season, led the Broncos with a career high 113 tackles and ranked second with 7.0 TFLs.  He had one solo sack and shared the team lead with three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

2013 SENIOR CAPTAIN AWARDS
This year six seniors were honored as team captains, proving to be leaders among leaders.  This year the honor went to Boles, running backs Dareyon Chance and Brian Fields, Lark, linebacker Johnnie Simon and quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen. 

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