Quarterback Sam Darnold, linebacker Uchenna Nwosu named USC’s co-MVPs – Orange County Register

Sam Darnold and Uchenna Nwosu shared USC’s team MVP honors at its awards banquet on Wednesday night.

Darnold, the Trojans’ star quarterback, threw for 3,787 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season, completing 64 percent of his passes. The redshirt sophomore also ran for five touchdowns.

Nwosu, a senior outside linebacker and one of the team’s most disruptive pass rushers, compiled 71 tackles, including 9½ behind the line of scrimmage, plus 7½ sacks, 13 pass break-ups and an interception.

They were the Trojans’ first co-MVPs since tight end Fred Davis and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis in 2007. Quarterback Paul McDonald and tailback Charles White were the only other players to share the MVP award, doing so as seniors in 1979.

Players voted for the team awards.

Blind long snapper Jake Olson was named Most Inspirational. Olson, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in two games this season on PATs, making his college debut in the season-opening win over Western Michigan. Both extra points were good.

Here’s a full list of the award winners from USC:

Most Valuable Player: quarterback Sam Darnold, outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu

Most Inspirational Player: snapper Jake Olson

Trojan Way Leadership Award: safety Chris Hawkins

Trojan Commitment Award: center Nico Falah, offensive guard Viane Talamaivao

Linemen of the Year: offensive guard Chris Brown (offense), defensive lineman Rasheem Green (defense)

Perimeter Players of the Year: tailback Ronald Jones II (offense), inside linebacker Cameron Smith (defense)

Special Teams Player of the Year: safety Matt Lopes, wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

Service Team Players of the Year: center Richie Wenzel (offense), defensive linemen Jacob Lichtenstein and Jay Tufele (defense)

Player of the Game Vs. UCLA: safety Chris Hawkins

Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement):  cornerback Yoofi Quansah

Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding…

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