WILDCATS, PAC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCE AWARD WINNERS
Kyle Rogers- 2018 Co-Player of the Year for the PAC Conference (Photo Credit: Chris Mooney).
Aug 2- Arizona and the PAC Conference formally announced their award winners recently, with multiple Wildcats receiving recognition after a strong 2018 season.
The Wildcats are headlined by Kyle Rogers, with the Fullback being named Co-Player of the Year in the conference along with Prop Kevin Sullivan (Cal). Rogers also earned 1st Team All Conference alongside younger brother and Scrumhalf Matt Rogers, Lock Bronson Teles, and Wing Dante Weeks.
A quartet of talented players are named in the awards list as Flanker Sinclair Clinton, Lock Sean Coleman, Wing Ryan Hudson, Center Tom Molloy earn second team all conference. Rounding out the list are Flyhalf Anton Grigoriou, Flanker Zach Heisterkamp, and Center Ben Joseph who earned Honorable Mention all conference.
"Proud of the work these guys have put in this season, especially our graduating seniors to go out with some personal accolades" said Head Coach Sean Duffy. "Guys like Kyle Rogers were here all through this growth we've gone through as a program so it's rewarding to see them recognized and sets the bar for our next round of players coming through."
After a 2018 season that featured a top ten ranking in Fifteens and a top three finish in Sevens, the Wildcats' coaching staff had many players to pick from when selecting their team awards.
Kyle Rogers earned his second straight Most Valuable Player award for the Wildcats after another strong season in which he led the squad in try assists (14) from Fullback while finishing second in meters ran. In the forwards, Lock Sean Coleman took home the Josh "Giant" Allan Award as the best overall forward to cap off a fantastic four-year career in Tucson. The 6'5" Lock from New York anchored the Wildcat lineout this season, leading them in takes and overseeing a talented group of Forwards while also finishing second in rucks hit and tackles.
In other awards, Matt Rogers caps off a breakout season with the Geoff Barnes Award given to the best overall back. The Scrumhalf scored nine tries of his own this season while assisting on seven others to help spearhead one of the best attacking sides in the country this season. Joining the Rogers brothers from the backline in the awards list is Dante Weeks, this year's Dave Sitton Award Winner for most valuable Sevens player. Weeks made perhaps the play of the year for the Sevens squad this season, scoring the game-winning try in the PAC Rugby Sevens Final against Cal to earn the Wildcats their first ever Sevens league title.
Rounding out the awards are two players on opposite ends of their careers, as Senior Ryan Hudson took home the 2018 Coaches' Award for his strong work on and off the field while youngster Kyle Fulton was named this year's most valuable Freshman in taking home the Mark Shively Award.
The Wildcats completed a fantastic year on the field but also off of it, touring Argentina this Spring while also hosting Fiji Sevens for their annual training camp. Arizona's returners and freshmen are set to report this moth with the team's preseason schedule to be released shortly.