Hayes Named Player of the Year at Highland Hundred Banquet

Dec. 8, 2013

The Highland Hundred, the University of Memphis' football booster organization, honored 15 seniors including running back Brandon Hayes, who was honored as the DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player, during team's annual banquet held on campus at the Holiday Inn Sunday.

Hayes, who rushed for 860 yards, caught 20 passes for 119 yards and scored seven touchdowns during the season, also received the Isaac Bruce Offensive Player of the Year Award for a second straight year. In two seasons, Hayes carried the ball for 1436 yards which ranks 16th all-time at the University of Memphis.

Second-year linebacker Anthony Brown was named the John Bramlett Defensive Player of the Year.

Brown registered 52 tackles during the season including four tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks. A junior college transfer, Brown registered 86 total tackles during his two-year career as a Tiger.

Tom Hornsey, one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter, was a repeat winner of the Joey Allison Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Hornsey ranks eighth nationally with a 45.2 yards per punt average and the Tigers' 41.02 net punting average ranks fourth nationally.

Hornsey's 43.1 career punting average ranks ninth among active FBS punters.

Senior quarterback Jacob Karam and tight end Jesse Milleson each received the True Tiger award which "represents what we represent" within the program.



Defensive end Ernest Suttles, a true freshman from Tampa, Fla., and Anthony Miller, a true freshman receiver from Lakeland who played at Christian Brothers High School, received the Glenn Jones Defensive and Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Awards.

In addition to recognizing postseason award winners during the team's annual banquet, The Highland Hundred honored all 15 seniors.

In addition to Brown, Hayes, Hornsey, Karam and Milleson, Memphis' 2013 senior class included safety Lonnie Ballentine, defensive lineman Johnnie Farms, offensive lineman Antonio Foster, defensive lineman Rod Howard, defensive end Corey Jones, offensive lineman Andrew Niblock, offensive lineman Chris Schuetz, running back Jai Steib, wide receiver Jamere Valentine and safety Anthony Watson.

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