Dec. 12, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Tailback Thomas Jones was named the University of
Virginia's Outstanding Offensive Player for the second consecutive year,
while defensive tackle Maurice Anderson was named the Outstanding Defensive
Player at the 1999 Virginia Football Banquet on Sunday (Dec. 6).
Additionally, John St. Clair received the Colonel Frank C. McCue Award as
the team's Outstanding Interior Lineman, linebacker Yubrenal Isabelle
received the Joe Palumbo Award for self-sacrifice, dedication and
enthusiasm, tight end Casey Crawford received the John Polzer Award for
ability, sportsmanship and character, and offensive tackle Brad Barnes
received the Speed Elliott Award as UVa's Most Improved Player. Wide
receiver Billy McMullen won the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia's Most
Outstanding First-year Player.
Jones received the Ben Wilson Award as Virginia's Outstanding Offensive
Player. The senior from Big Stone Gap, Va., has capped a record-setting
season by becoming a consensus All-American. He led the ACC and finished
third nationally in both rushing (1798 yards) and all-purpose yards (2054
yards). Both marks also set Virginia and Atlantic Coast Conference records.
He finished his career first in school history with 3998 rushing yards,
fourth in ACC history. Jones is the first player in 15 years to lead the
ACC in rushing in back-to-back seasons.
Anderson was honored for his play this season with the Ned McDonald Award
as the team's Outstanding Defensive Player. A senior from Blackstone, Va.,
Anderson stepped from out of the shadows of recent UVa stars Antonio Dingle
and Patrick Kerney with an outstanding fall. He finished third on the team
with 74 tackles, tops among UVa's defensive linemen and third in school
history by a defensive tackle. He also finished the season with four
quarterback sacks and seven tackles for loss. He had three games of 10+
tackles, including a career-high 13 in the finale vs. Maryland.
St. Clair, a senior from Roanoke, Va., was instrumental in paving the way
for Jones' record-setting season. Named to several All-America teams in
recognition of this, he is Virginia's first All-American center. He was
also named first-team All-ACC and won the coveted Jacobs Blocking Trophy as
the ACC's top blocker.
Isabelle, a junior middle linebacker from Bluefield, W.Va., fought through
personal tragedy in midseason to lead the team in tackling, averaging 8.7
stops per game (78 tackles in nine games). He missed the Virginia Tech game
due to the death of his mother, Deberah, who died three days before the
game. Isabelle also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and caused
one fumble. He had a career-high 14 tackles against both Clemson and
Brigham Young, which was a team best this fall.
Crawford, a senior tight end from Fairfax, Va., missed five of the first
six games of the season due to an injury, but provided the team with an
additional lift upon his return by catching 11 passes for 183 yards and a
touchdown. He has been active in community service projects throughout his
career and was named to the American Football Coaches Association's Good
Works team for his off field activities.
Barnes, a junior from Tabb, Va., moved into the starting line-up in the
spring and improved throughout the year. One of the offensive line's most
consistent performers, Barnes proved valuable by being able to play guard
and both tackle spots. He was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week
for his play against N.C. State on Oct. 16 when Jones rushed for a
career-high 221 yards as the Cavaliers gained an important win on the road.
McMullen, a true freshman from Richmond, Va., came on strong toward the end
of the season. He led the team with 483 receiving yards, while sharing
receiving honors with Kevin Coffey with 28 receptions. His six touchdown
catches trailed Coffey by one. McMullen broke Herman Moore's rookie record
for receptions and became the first freshman in school history to lead the
team in receptions and receiving yards. His touchdown catch vs. Maryland
with 26 seconds left to play clinched UVa's 13th consecutive seven-win
The Cavaliers concluded the regular season with a 7-4 record and tied
Clemson and Georgia Tech for second in the ACC with a 5-3 league mark.
Virginia faces Illinois in the 1999 Micronpc.com Bowl in Miami, Fla., on