St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 20, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team announced its 2018 award winners at its annual Dinner with the Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16. The players and the coaches voted on the awards.
The Dinner with the Bears included recognition of the 20 seniors, distribution of conference and team awards, season-ending highlight video and comments from head coach Larry Kindbom.
The Class of 2018 recorded an overall record of 25-15 (.625), captured the 2015 and 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, the 2016 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title and made an appearance in the 2016 NCAA Playoffs.
2018 Team Awards:
Darryl Sharp Memorial MVP Award, Offense – Johnny Davidson – Second-Team all-CCIW ... Started all 10 games at quarterback and completed 276-of-399 passes for 2,992 yards and 26 touchdowns ... Second in the CCIW in passing yards per game (299.2) and total offense (303.5) ... D3football.com Team of the Week on Oct. 1 and Oct. 29 ... Completed 38-of-49 passes for career-high 483 yards and four TDs in 38-24 win at Augustana (10/27) ... Set single-game school record for pass completion percentage (.902, 37-of-41) in 44-21 win at North Park (9/29) ... Ranked third in NCAA Division III in completions per game (27.6), fourth in completion percentage (.692) and eighth in passing yards per game (298.7) ... Set CCIW Individual Single-Season record for pass completions (255) ... Team set CCIW single-season record for pass completions (273) ... CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 15 ... CCIW Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.
Darryl Sharp Memorial MVP Award, Defense – Jake Coon – D3football.com Third-Team All-North Region ... First-Team all-CCIW ... Started all 10 games at middle linebacker and led the conference in tackles (122) ... Sixth in NCAA Division III in tackles per game (12.2) ... Tied for the team lead with four interceptions ... Reached 10 or more tackles in seven games, including a season-high 17 stops in a 44-6 win over Carroll (11/10) ... Had 16 tackles and two interceptions in 38-24 win at Augustana (10/27) ... D3football.com Team of the Week on Oct. 8 and Oct. 30 ... CCIW Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 ... Second-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American.
Scott Swofford Award (Special Teams MVP) – Charles Coccia – Converted 10-of-11 field goals and 32-of-34 extra points ... Led the team and was seventh in CCIW in scoring (62 points, 6.9 per game) ... Third in NCAA Division III in field-goal percentage (.909) and 10th in field goals per game (1.11) ... First in the CCIW in field-goal percentage, second in field-goals made per game and third in PAT kicking percentage (.941) ... CCIW Special Teams Athlete of the Week on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 ... Booted a pair of field goals and was 3-of-4 in extra points in 51-31 win over Carthage Sept. 22.
Dean's Award, Most Valuable Freshman – Alex Harvey – Saw action in nine games as reserve linebacker and on special teams ... Recorded 19 tackles, including 12 solo stops ... Made career-high six solo tackles at No. 5 North Central (9/15).
Most Improved Player – Peter Pigatti – First-Team all-CCIW ... Appeared in all 10 games on the defensive line, starting the final five ... Recorded 34 tackles and led the CCIW with 11 sacks ... First on team and fifth in CCIW in tackles for loss (13.5) ... Made five tackles and 3.5 sacks in a 17-10 win over No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.) (10/13) ... Followed that up with five tackles and pair of sacks in 27-21 loss to No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan (10/20) ... CCIW Defensive Player of the Week and D3football.com Team of the Week on Oct. 15.
Bruce Melin Battling Bear Courage Award, Good Works Award – Jason Singer – Started five of eight games played at wide receiver ... Missed two games in middle of season due to injury ... Fourth on the team in receiving with 34 catches for 573 yards and six touchdowns ... Ninth in CCIW in receiving yards per game (63.7) ... Had four games of 100 or more receiving yards ... Recorded career-high eight catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in 32-19 loss at No. 5 North Central (9/15) ... Had a 94-yard touchdown in 49-42 win at Millikin (11/3), tied for longest offensive play in school history ... Nominee for 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Most Inspirational Player – Tom Hutchison – Second-Team all-CCIW ... Started all 10 games at left guard ... Offense averaged 33.0 points and 409.6 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of 10 games played ... Team ranked first in CCIW in turnover margin (+10), second in passing offense (310.1), fourth in scoring and fifth in total offense ... Team set CCIW single-season record for pass completions (273).
WU Old Bear Award – Hank Michalski – AFCA Division III Coaches' Second-Team All-American ... First-Team all-CCIW ... Semifinalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy ... Started all 10 games at center on the offensive line ... Offense averaged 33.0 points and 409.6 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of 10 games played ... Team ranked first in CCIW in turnover margin (+10), second in passing offense (310.1), fourth in scoring and fifth in total offense ... Team set CCIW single-season record for pass completions (273) ... Second-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American.
In addition, WashU had 68 student-athletes named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin All-Academic Team: Zane Ahlfinger, Ryan Albaum, Melvin Aninagyei-Bonsu, Nick Athenson, Ryan Arthur, Logan Bash, Matt Bernstein, Keenan Bilyeu, Anthony Brown, Jackson Butler, Drew Christensen, John Christensen, Nick Cione, Coccia, Coon, Davidson, Jeff Dedeker, Justin DiCarlo, Jarrett Dykema, Alex Eckels, Clayton Farris, Alex Fehlinger, John Fisher, Connor Forrest, Nathan Genstein, Matt Giles, Matt Goldberg, Ben Graue, Jeff Gurley, Jared Harrison, Chase Hartquist, Harvey, Christian Henry, Will Hurley, Hutchison, Jarrod Huther, Langston Laramore-Josey, Grant Leichter, Grant Marcketta, Jeff Marek, Cole Martini, Michalski, Matt Moore, Brendan Morrissey, Patrick Murray, Grant Owen, Zach Paragas, TJ Perusek, Michael Prescott, Carter Rholl, Pigatti, Bryce Roberts, Max Schieferdecker, Kyle Schroeder, Andrew Silver, Singer, Derick Speltz, Connor Stevens, JT Streepy, Tim Tague, Jason Tse, Andrew Whitaker, Luke Wilkin, Brian Williams, Jackson Wilson, Clay Witmeyer, Ford Young and Shay Zutshi.
Kindbom led the Bears to an 8-2 overall record in the program's first season as an associate member in the CCIW. The Bears finished in third place in the CCIW with a 7-2 mark. WashU upset then No. 12-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) 17-10 on Oct. 13 for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2010, and finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the D3football.com Top-25 Poll.