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Petersen and Lawrence share MVP honor at Football Awards Banquet
Feb. 10, 2018

San Diego, Calif. - At the USD Football Awards Banquet held today on the campus of USD, senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) and junior quarterback Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, Calif.) shared the team MVP award for the 2017 season.

The Toreros finished 10-3 overall, won the Pioneer Football League championship for the sixth time in seven years with a perfect 8-0 record, and advanced to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs for the third time in program history. The No. 23 ranked Toreros won the program's and PFL's second playoff game with their 41-10 victory at No. 25 Northern Arizona. USD was knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by North Dakota State, the eventual 2018 national champion who secured their sixth national championship.

Petersen, a 4-time First Team All-American and the PFL Defensive Player of the Year, led all FCS players in sacks (18) and tackles for loss (25.5). He leaves as the all-time sack leader in the FCS ranks with 44 total sacks. Petersen was also the recipient of the team's 2017 Defensive MVP Award and Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award.

Lawrence, the 2017 PFL Offensive Player of the Year and a Walter Payton Award Watch finalist, turned in an outstanding junior campaign. He completed 245-of-374 passes (.655) for 3,131 yards and 33 touchdowns. He finished with a passing efficiency rating of 163.34.

Senior wide receiver Justin Priest (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) was tabbed the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Priest finished with a team-best 75 receptions for 1,097 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 14.6 yards per reception and 84.4 yards per game.

Additional awards were handed out to senior nickelback Max Michaels (Poway, Calif.) - the Dr. James B. Orwig Scholar-Athlete Award; senior punter/kicker Jack Flatau (Oceanside, Calif.) and senior tight end Zack Holland (Mission Viejo, Calif.) - the Kevin Briscoe Special Teams Player of the Year; senior tight end Ross Dwelley (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) - the Dave Adolph "Do You Love Football" Award for Offense; senior safeties Colton Giorgi (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and Ray Clark (Brentwood, Calif.) - the Dave Adoph "Do You Love Football" Award for Defense; senior offensive tackle Miles McArdle (Napa, Calif.) - Outstanding Lineman Award for Offense; senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) - Outstanding Lineman Award for Defense; junior wide receiver Nate Loya (Modesto, Calif.) - Most Improved Offensive Player; sophomore defensive end Kevin Glajchen (Saratoga, Calif.) - Most Improved Defensive Player; freshman running back Emilio Martinez (Salinas, Calif.) - Most Outstanding 1st Year Player; junior defensive tackle Connor Spencer (Boulder, Colo.) - Strength Coach's Award; freshman wide receiver Bennett Dondoyano (Seattle, Wash.) - Strength Coach's Award 1st Year Player; freshman offensive lineman Oscar Villa (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) - Offensive Scout Player of the Year; and freshman linebacker Dominic Graziani (Los Altos, Calif.) - Defensive Scout Player of the Year. Fifth-year head coach Dale Lindsey also handed out Senior Awards to the nineteen outgoing seniors. Additionally, those Toreros that earned All-PFL honors and PFL All-Academic honors were recognized.

 

 

2017 SAN DIEGO FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS:
Team co-MVP -- Jonathan Petersen & Anthony Lawrence
Offensive MVP -- Justin Priest
Defensive MVP -- Jonathan Petersen
Kevin Briscoe Special Teams Player of the Year - Jack Flatau & Zack Holland
Dave Adolph "Do You Love Football" Spirit Award for Offense -- Ross Dwelley
Dave Adolph "Do You Love Football" Spirit Award for Defense -- Colton Giorgi & Ray Clark
Strength Coaches Award -- Connor Spencer
Strength Coaches Award, 1st Year Player - Bennett Dondoyano
Outstanding Defensive Lineman - Jonathan Petersen
Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Miles McArdle
Dr. James B. Orwig Scholar-Athlete of the Year -- Max Michaels
Most Improved Defensive Player -- Kevin Glajchen
Most Improved Offensive Player -- Nate Loya
Most Outstanding 1st Year Player -- Emilio Martinez
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year -- Oscar Villa
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year -- Dominic Graziani

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