Bramell, Kurtz earn MVP honors


•Four straight undefeated regular seasons.

•Two consecutive runnerup finishes in the NAIA Football Championship Series.

•Four consecutive MSFA Mideast League Championships.

•Two MSFA MEL Players-of-the-Year.

•The 2004 NAIA Player of the Year.


More than 400 University of Saint Francis football fans honored the 2005 Cougars and a very special senior class at the annual awards banquet at Landmark Reception and Conference Centre on Sunday afternoon.

USF President Sister Elise Kriss offered words of gratitude to the team and program for its pursuit of excellence, both on the football field and in the classroom, and the numerous regional and national tributes that USF football earned for the university.

Head coach Kevin Donley praised players, parents, relatives, coaching and support staff for their tireless dedication and he especially singled out an exceptional group of seniors who only lost four games in four years going 49-4. Donley was presented a special award by the senior class of football players.

Senior quarterback Chris Bramell, the MSFA Mideast League Player of the Year, was chosen by the team as the Cougars’ Offensive Player of the Year after finishing his career with numerous records including consecutive starts at quarterback (41) and most touchdowns rushing for a USF quarterback. USF was 38-3 with Bramell at quarterback.

Freshman halfback Doug Wasylk was chosen Cougars’ Offensive Rookie of the Year after he led USF in average yards per carry (6.9).

Junior linebacker Brian Kurtz was selected Cougars’ Defensive Player of the Year and his partner at linebacker, Mark Drobac, was chosen Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Senior punter / kicking specialist Cam Smith was named recipient of the Silver Helmet, which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as attitude. Smith was the USF ‘Character of Champion’ award winner in 2005.

Halfback Derrick Alderman (offense) and defensive lineman William Knepper were selected team captains for 2006 by their teammates.


USF 2005 Football Awards Selection

Most Valuable Rookie – Offense: HB Doug Wasylk, Fr. (Fort Wayne, IN / Heritage H.S.)

Most Valuable Rookie – Defense: LB Mark Drobac, Fr. (Hobart, IN / Hobart H.S.)

Most Valuable Special Teams: Eric Hooks, Jr. (Indianapolis, IN / North Central H.S.)

Most Valuable Scout Team – Offense: QB Trevor Toon, R-Fr. (Indianapolis, IN / Franklin Central H.S.)

Most Valuable Scout Team – Defense: LB Will Wells, R-Fr. (Westfield, IN / Westfield H.S.)

Most Valuable Player – Defense: LB Brian Kurtz, Jr. (Fort Wayne, IN / Bishop Luers H.S.)

Most Valuable Player – Offense: QB Chris Bramell, Sr. (Indianapolis, IN / Franklin Central H.S.)

Silver Helmet Award: Cam Smith, Sr., P / K / QB (Fort Wayne, IN / North Side H.S.)

2006 Captain – Offense: HB Derrick Alderman, Jr. (Richmond, IN / Richmond H.S.)

2006 Captain – Defense: DL William Knepper, So. (Warsaw, IN / Warsaw H.S.)

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