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December 7, 2007CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina linebacker Durell Mapp and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks were named the Tar Heels' Most Valuable Players at the 2007 senior football banquet Thursday evening.
The MVP awards were selected by a vote of the players. Senior tackle Kyndraus Guy was voted the player with the most team spirit. The other awards were selected
by the coaching staff.
Mapp started all 12 games and ranks first in the ACC in total tackles with 132 and second with 11.0 per game. The Burlington, N.C., native posted six games with double-digits in tackles, including a career-high 23 stops at N.C. State. He also had 18 at East Carolina, 12 vs. Virginia, 11 at South Florida, 14 vs. South Carolina and 12 vs. Duke.
Mapp came to Carolina as a walk-on in 2004 and earned a scholarship after his freshman year. He was named second-team All-ACC this season. Mapp also won the George Barclay
Award as the team's top linebacker.
Nicks set the UNC single-season record with 74 receptions, eclipsing the previous mark of 71 by Jarwarski Pollock in 2003. Nicks finished the season with 74 catches for 958 yards and five touchdowns. Over the last six games of the season, he had 43 receptions.
Nicks also won the Art Weiner Award as the team's top receiver, and the Charlie Justice Award for outstanding contribution on offense.
2007 NORTH CAROLINA FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
# Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award: Joe Dailey
# John Lacey Rehabilitation Award: Trimane Goddard
# Morris Mason Award- Outstanding Lifter: Hilee Taylor (upperclassman), Cameron Holland (freshman)
# James A. Gray and James A. Gray, Jr Football Manager's Award: Shane
# William Rand Kenan, Jr. Award - Outstanding Achievement, Academics,
Athletics, Leadership: Jock Moore
# Bill Arnold Memorial Award - Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Garrett
# William Fuller Award - Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Kentwan Balmer
# Louis Graves Award - Outstanding Offensive Back: T.J. Yates
# Greg Poole Award - Outstanding Special Teams Player: Ryan Taylor
# George Barclay Award - Outstanding Linebacker: Durell Mapp
# Art Weiner Award - Outstanding Receiver: Hakeem Nicks
# Cary Boshamer Award - Outstanding Defensive Back: Deunta Williams
# Andy Bershak - Outstanding Defensive End: Hilee Taylor
# Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Newcomer Offense: Zack
# Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Newcomer Defense: Charles
# Jeffrey Cowell Memorial Award - Outstanding Freshman: Greg Little
(offense), Marvin Austin (defense)
# Jack Sapp Memorial Award - Best All-Around Senior: Scott Lenahan
# Charlie Justice Award - Outstanding Contribution Offense: Hakeem Nicks
# Charlie Justice Award - Outstanding Contribution Defense: Mark Paschal
# Moyer Gray Smith Award - Most Improved Player - Offense: Brandon Tate
# Moyer Gray Smith Award - Most Improved Player - Defense: E.J. Wilson
# James Southerland Award (5) - Team Captain: Garrett Reynolds, Scott Lenahan, Kentwan Balmer, Hilee Taylor, Connor Barth
# Bob Osterneck Memorial Award - Most Team Spirit: Kyndraus Guy
# E. Carrington Smith Award - Most Valuable Player Offense: Hakeem Nicks
# E. Carrington Smith Award - Most Valuable Player Defense: Durell Mapp