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Deante’ Purvis leads list of season-ending UNLV football award winners

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UNLV’s Deante’ Purvis celebrates after returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.

Record-setting returner Deante’ Purvis (co-special teams) was one of four most valuable players for the UNLV football team as coach Bobby Hauck announced season-ending awards Tuesday.

The other MVPs included James Dunlap (defense), tight end Austin Harrington (offense) and return-coverage specialist Mike Horsey (co-special teams).

Purvis earned second-team All-Mountain West honors after returning 41 kickoffs for 1,000 yards, highlighted by a 98-yard touchdown return against Colorado State.

Dunlap ranked second in the conference and 37th in the nation with 14.5 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks.

Harrington had 15 catches for 164 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown on a fake field goal against Southern Utah.

Horsey recorded 13 total tackles on the kick-coverage unit.

Here’s the full list of honorees:

2011 UNLV FOOTBALL AWARDS

Most Valuable Player (Defense) — Dunlap, DE, Senior

Most Valuable Player (Offense) — Harrington, TE, Senior

Most Valuable Player (Special Teams) — Purvis, KR, Senior, and Horsey, DB, Freshman

Rene Arceneaux Award (Academic Improvement) — Quinton Pointer, DB, Senior

Robert Cline Award (Commitment to Team, Community and Sportsmanship) — Matt Kravetz, DL, Senior, and Mike Clausen, DB, Senior

Jack Gilmore Coaches Award (Excellence from Former Walk-On) — Horsey

Bill "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational Award — Dunlap

"Doc" Tobler Senior Award — Nate Carter, LB, Senior

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year — Prince Oroke, RB, Freshman

Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year — Peni Vea, DB, Freshman

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  1. There shouldnt be any awards for a team that wins 2 games. Dfeinately a most valuable on offense award or defense should not be given out. I think the punter deserved the Special teams award since he probably did more work than anyone on the team this year.

  2. Yes there should be awards. Maybe this year's team was not too enthusiastic but those coming up deserve encouragement & benefit of the doubt. Congrats to you guys who won & all the best in the future......Got to remember these are yougsters seeking to find their place in this world. Last thing they need is more discouragement. They could be working along side of any of us someday.