To say the 2015 season was rough for the Beavers is a gross understatement. But even amongst 10 losses, there were bright spots. In the spirit of recognizing that, here’s the Official Candy Report’s MVPs for the season.
Offensive MVP. Josh Mitchell. The senior center helped anchor a unit that was beset by injuries. Despite all the shuffling that occurred, the line only allowed 19 sacks. The Beavers averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season, which wasn’t bad considering their struggles in recent years. More than that, Mitchell provided valuable leadership and toughness. He set a great example for the younger linemen, which bodes well for next season.
Defensive MVP: Kyle Peko. The JUCO transfer proved he was worth the wait during his one season. He was a disruptive force in the middle who commanded double teams. Due to the line’s struggles on the outside, Peko’s performance often was overlooked. But he made an impact just about every down, being the inside presence the Beavers lacked in recent years. His late season performance likely earned him a much-deserved shot at the next level.
Coaching MVP: TJ Woods. The job Woods did with a unit that suffered injuries (Gavin Andrews, Sean Harlow) from start to finish was impressive. Despite all the new faces who made their debuts, the Beavers’ line was solid throughout the season. With Andrews back, transfer Brandon Kearsley eligible to play, and Blake Brandel coming off a redhirt, the line might not only be a strength, but also a deep position for the Beavers next season.
Do you agree with my picks? If not, who would your team MVPs be? Go Beavs! (RW)