Football Announces Team Award Winners at Year-End Banquet

Photo: Chad Williams
Photo: Chad Williams

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin college football team put the finishing touches on its 2019 season over the weekend, announcing their team awards during the year-end banquet.

The Grizzlies handed out 19 total awards, with seniors Austin Grunden and Brayton Shannon being joined by sophomore Ian Seim in taking home the team's major awards. Shannon earned the Stewart "Red" Faught Most Valuable Player and the Keith Fiedler Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Grizzlies and the HCAC with 99 tackles.

Grunden was chosen as the team's Offensive Player of the Year after leading the team in rushing (853 yards) and all-purpose yards (985 yards). Seim finished the year with 10 solo tackles on special teams while adding 84 yards on 19 carries on offense.

The entire list of award winners can be found below.

Craig Lawson Scholar-Athlete Award – John McKinney
Defensive Scout Team Players of the Year – Marcel Campbell, Jack Mosely, Jason Pigg
Offensive Scout Team Players of the Year – Armani Christopher, Peyton Hobson, Jacob Tharp
Freshman of the Year – JP Osafo
Most Improved Player – Jacob Ferguson
Dr. John Woner Mental Attitude Award – Robbie Strader
Wes Shambaugh Big Heart Award – Robbie Witham
Matt-itude TEAM Player Award – Michael Heading
The CHARGER Award – Tre Akers
Receiver of the Year – Cole Daab
Defensive Back of the Year – John McKinney
Defensive Linemen of the Year – Brady Hale & Bryce Hale
Nick Schultz Offensive Lineman of the Year – Matthew Anderson
Diamon Dave "Golden Nail" Courage Award – Braden Smith
Special Teams Player of the Year – Ian Seim
Offensive Player of the Year – Austin Grunden
Keith Fiedler Defensive Player of the Year – Brayton Shannon
Stewart "Red" Faught Most Valuable Player – Brayton Shannon