Beasts of the Feast

The Spectrum hands out Thanksgiving awards to the football team

On November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving feasts are one of my favorite meals of the year. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, etc. You name it, I love it.

What better way is there to get in the spirit of the holidays than to compare my love for food with my love for football? Here are the Bulls to complete a successful Thanksgiving feast.

Bread and Butter Award

Alex Neutz - The junior wide receiver wins this award for being the "go-to" player in the Bulls' offense. Neutz has 50 receptions for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns. This dynamic wideout gets the Bread and Butter Award because he is one of the Bulls' key players on offense and a consistent deep threat. Bread and butter are the main support of any meal. He's "Mr. Reliable" - the one who provides the main support to the Bulls' outstanding running game.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Award

The offensive line and tight ends - Let's start off with the mashed potatoes: the offensive line. First off, we have center Trevor Sales, whose beard is longer than any pilgrim I've ever seen in a history book. Trevor, I love it; "Fear the Beard."

Second, we all know the offensive line is very important to the offense. Without them, no one would be blocked and the Bulls would not be able to move the ball. I don't know about you, but I use my mashed potatoes as a wall of defense so I can taste each individual element of the plate without the foods running together. I'm from Rochester. I've eaten enough garbage plates - but not on Thanksgiving.

The tight ends provide us with the gravy. They're that extra flavor on top of an already delicious meal. Not only can they block, but they can also catch passes. As for gravy, it tastes good and complements the mashed potatoes, just like the tight ends complement the o-line.

Wine Award

Joe Licata - You know the old saying, "it gets sweeter with time?" Well I have to say this award goes to freshman quarterback Joe Licata, who has had a solid two starts this season. Licata has 55 completions on 103 attempts with five touchdowns, and he continues to improve. In his first start against Miami Ohio (4-6, 3-3 MAC), he threw for 127 yards. This past weekend, he threw for 285 yards. He can only get better from here on out.

Stuffing Award

Khalil Mack and Colby Way - Linebacker Mack has 69 tackles this season while defensive lineman Way has 42 total tackles. What better way to plug the holes on the defense and "stuff" the run? Think of these players when you are stuffing your turkey this holiday. However, the defense as a whole ranks fifth in the MAC in rushing defense. Not too shabby.

Pumpkin Pie Award

Lee Skinner - The sophomore linebacker has impressed fans with his play this season, posting 72 total tackles with a forced fumble. He is a great complement to the defense - kind of like pumpkin pie is a great dessert to have after a delicious meal.

Cranberry Sauce Award

Devin Campbell - The freshman running back has done well this season filling in as Branden Oliver has been injured. Campbell has compiled an impressive 476 yards on 109 attempts this season with two touchdowns. I'll give him the cranberry sauce award because like cranberry sauce you can put it with anything and it compliments well. Campbell has been that compliment to the Bulls offense and their success this season.

The Turkey Award

Branden Oliver - The standout junior running back gets the turkey award for being the main course. You can't have Thanksgiving without the turkey, and you can't have Bulls football without Bo. Oliver gets this award for his outstanding performance in six games this season. He has rushed for 801 yards and five touchdowns on 139 attempts despite injuries this season. Tofurkey? Heck no. It's Bo-turkey.



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