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Utah Utes 2015 Team Awards

Devontae Booker

Devontae Booker

Utah exceeded modest preseason expectations by putting together its best Pac-12 season yet. The Utes contended for a Pac-12 South title throughout the season and finished tied for first with USC in the division. Utah has collected nine wins for a second straight season and is on track for 10 wins and a top-25 finish with a victory over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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With just the bowl game left, it's time to look back at Utah's 2015 season and hand out some awards:

Offensive MVP: Devontae Booker, RB

Booker had his season cut short with a knee injury against Arizona. Utah's offense hasn't been the same without him. He wasn't just a bruising runner. Booker also proved an excellent blocker and dynamic receiver out of the backfield. The senior running back amassed 1,579 all-purpose yards in 10 games. He ranked third among Pac-12 players in both rushing yardage (1,261 yards) and all-purpose yardage.

Defensive MVP: Gionni Paul, LB

On defense, Paul has mirrored the impact that Booker made on offense. In his two seasons with the Utes, the Miami transfer has carved out a reputation as a disruptive player. Paul finished the regular season with a team-best 109 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Best Freshman: Britain Covey, WR/PR

No one could have anticipated that Covey would have such a dramatic impact in his first season. Covey turned out to be a game-changer at slot receiver and as a punt returner. He ranked as Utah's top receiver during the regular season with 518 yards on 41 receptions.