MOUNT PLEASANT – The Central Michigan football program named its annual award winners during its postseason awards banquet on Sunday.
Junior running back Zurlon Tipton was honored with the program's top on-field honor, receiving the Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award. Tipton has put together one of the greatest rushing seasons in the history of Central Michigan football in 2012. With 1,391 rushing yards, he ranks seventh in the CMU single season record book. Tipton’s 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns this season are tied for the second most ever by a Chippewa. He ranks second in the MAC in points per game, averaging 10.5, and his rushing total is the fourth highest in the conference and 13th nationally. Tipton finished the regular season strong, recording six straight 100-yard rushing games.
Senior wide receiver Cody Wilson earned the Kurt Dobronski Award, presented annually by the seniors to a classmate who demonstrates great effort, intensity and appreciation for the football program. The award's namesake, Kurt Dobronski, was a two-time All-MAC linebacker and four-year letterman from 1978-81. He died in the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 in Detroit in 1987 at the age of 28.
A two-time All-MAC receiver, Wilson has established himself as one of the greatest receivers in Central Michigan program history. With 220 receptions and 2,628 receiving yards for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the CMU record book. This season, Wilson, a team co-captain, leads the team with 64 receptions and ranks second in receiving yards with 739 and receiving yards per game with 61.6. He has caught at least one pass in 41 consecutive games, a streak that is tied for second in the nation among active players.
Senior punter Curtis Huge received the Academic Excellence Award. Huge maintains a 3.78 cumulative grade point average and will graduate from CMU with a degree in mathematics. He punted seven times this season, averaging 39.0 yards per kick with a long of 58 yards and placing two inside the 20-yard line.
Senior offensive tackle Mike Repovz and senior defensive end Joe Kinville were named co-recipients of the Gridiron Gladiator award, given to the players that best exemplify great toughness and perseverance on the field and in the weight room.
Other award recipients included:
Offensive Co-Players of the Year: Titus Davis and Ryan Radcliff
Defensive Co-Players of the Year: Jahleel Addae and Justin Cherocci
Special Teams Player of the Year: David Harman
Offensive Upfront Co-Players of the Year: Eric Fisher and Darren Keyton
Defensive Upfront Player of the Year: Caesar Rodriguez
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Beamish
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jabari Dean
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Cooper Rush
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Ryan Oruche
Plas Presnell Team Humorist Award: Adam Fenton