Seven Seniors, Two Freshmen
Earn Team Awards For Contributions to 2002 Commodore Football
Nashville, Tenn. - Seven seniors and a pair of true freshmen
were recognized by Vanderbilt football players and the coaching
staff for their contribution to the 2002 Commodore season.
Nine awards were announced during a recent team dinner involving
players and coaches. The players selected winners of eight
awards, while Head Coach Bobby Johnson and his staff picked
the Commodore Dedication Award.
Award winners were Kwane Doster, MVP-Offensive Back; Dan
Stricker, MVP-Receiver/Tight End; Jamie Byrum, MVP-Offensive
Lineman; Chuck Losey, MVP-Defensive Lineman; Hunter Hillenmeyer,
MVP-Linebacker; Justin Giboney, MVP-Defensive Secondary; Greg
Johnson, MVP-Special Teams; Mike Martin, Hustle Award; and
Bara Cola, Dedication Award.
Kwane Doster, Freshman Tailback (MVP-Offensive Back)
Voted Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year
Rushed for 798 yards, a Vanderbilt record for freshmen
running backs, and had four 100-yard rushing games.
Finished season as SECs sixth leading rusher.
Set Southeastern Conference kickoff return record with
243 return yards vs. Ole Miss.
Amassed 344 total yards vs. Ole Miss, the SECs
highest individual performance this season.
Kickoff return average of 25.7 yards was highest by
Vanderbilt player since 1958.
Dan Stricker, Senior Wide Receiver (MVP-Receiver/Tight
Named Second Team All-SEC this season for third consecutiive
Had team-high 44 receptions for 620 yards and six touchdowns
Had at least one reception in every start. Finished
career with consecutive streak of 34 games with a catch, ranking
among NCAA. Top 10.
Surpassed 100-yards receiving in two games this season.
Holds Vanderbilt career record of 11 100-yard receiving games.
Concluded career with 182 receptions, Third all-time
among Vanderbilt receivers and tied for eighth all-time among
Ended Vanderbilt career with 2,880 receiving yards,
2nd all-time among Commodores and 5th all-time among SEC receivers.
Career total of 21 touchdown catches is all-time Vanderbilt
Jamie Byrum, Senior Center (MVP-Offensive Lineman)
Byrum served as center in 98% of Vanderbilts
offensive plays (729 of 746 snaps) this season.
Earned winning grade (80% of higher) in
11 of teams 23 games during 2002.
Best grade by coaching staff (91%) came in narrow loss
Started every game since sophomore season, span of
Named captain by teammates in 2001 and 2002.
Shared or earned Vanderbilt Offensive Lineman
of the Week honors following 10 games in 2002.
Chuck Losey, Senior Defensive End (MVP-Defensive Lineman)
Only senior to start every game on defensive front.
Had 31 total tackles, the highest among defensive linemen.
Led team with eight quarterback hurries.
Is team leader with five career forced fumbles.
Hunter Hillenmeyer, Senior Linebacker (MVP-Linebacker)
Named First Team All-SEC by Coaches, first Commodore
selection since LB Jamie Winborn in 2000.
Led SEC with 168 total tackles, which was also third
in NCAA. It is the fourth highest at Vanderbilt in last 30
Posted 116 solo tackles, also first in the SEC and
second in NCAA. It is the third highest by a Commodore in
last 30 years.
Achieved at least 10 tackles in 11 of 12 games.
Accomplished career-high 19 tackles in season finale
vs. Tennessee despite elbow injury.
In 2002, Set season highs in primary tackles, total
tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, defensed passes and quarterback
Was named First Team Academic All-American, first Commodore
selection in 19 years.
Was one of six 1-A players named National Scholar
Athlete by College Football Hall of Fame and National
Justin Giboney, Senior Safety (MVP-Defensive Back)
Led all SEC safeties with 143 total tackles.
2002 tackle total is the most by a Commodore secondary
player since 1973.
Produced season/career highs of 13 solo tackles and
19 total tackles versus Florida. The effort is an SEC high
Posted 17 total tackles in season finale vs. Tennessee.
Achieved at least 10 tackles in eight of Vanderbilts
Earned best production ratio among Vanderbilt safeties
in every game this season.
Has started all but three games since his sophomore
Has compiled 256 total tackles during career, including
at least 52 tackles in each of the last three seasons.
Greg Johnson, Freshman Punter/Kicker (MVP-Special
All-American punting candidate who was selected to
First Team All-SEC Freshman.
Leading freshman punter in NCAA, averaging 43.8 yards
per effort. Ended season ranked fifth in NCAA.
Had punt of more than 50 yards in 11 of 12 games.
Concluded season with 38.8-yard Net Punting Average,
fourth best in NCAA.
Averaged more than 50 yards per punt twice during 2002
season - vs. Middle Tennessee and Tennessee.
Set Vanderbilt freshman punting record, bettering achievements
of former Commodore All-Americans Jim Arnold and Bill Marinangel.
Made all 27 extra point attempts, and was successful
on 61.3% of field goals (8 of 13).
Made season long 46-yard Field Goal against Georgia.
Mike Martin, Senior (Hustle Award)
Valuable reserve cornerback/safety in defensive secondary.
Had 11 tackles on special teams, highest total on team.
Bara Cola, Fullback (Dedication Award -voted by Coaching
A walk-on, he returned for fifth season despite not
playing in 2001 and having two severe knee injuries earlier
Earned first playing time as a Commodore in season
opener against Georgia Tech.
Finished the season with three starts in the offensive
Rushed for two touchdowns and 23 yards on 11 carries.