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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Masoli, James Share Ducks' Most Outstanding Award

Masoli, James Share Ducks' Most Outstanding Award

Junior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James were honored as the University of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Players while senior defenders Walter Thurmond III and Will Tukuafu were named co-recipients of the team’s Most Inspirational Player award at the Ducks’ annual football awards banquet Sunday afternoon at the Eugene Hilton.

Recipients for both awards are determined by a vote by the Oregon players.

Tukuafu also was named the recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Award as the team’s outstanding defensive lineman.

It marks the first time that two players have shared the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Player award since quarterback Joey Harrington and linebacker Matt Smith did so at the conclusion of the 2000 season, while James becomes the team’s first freshman on record ever to earn a share of the team’s top honor.

Masoli leads the Pacific-10 Conference (t14th nationally) in points responsible for (14.73 avg.), in addition to ranking second in the conference (36th nationally) in total offense (247.7 avg.) and third in passing efficiency. He has completed 168 of 285 passes for 2,066 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Oregon’s second-leading rusher ran for 659 yards and 12 more scores. He moved into ninth on the school’s single-season (2,725) and career (5,187) total offensive yards lists.

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