Football: Troy Burrell hauls in honors
Troy Burrell was the big winner Sunday at the Wayne State University football banquet. Coach Paul Winters concluded his eighth season by announcing several individual team honors at the Detroit Yacht Club. Burrell, a senior wide receiver, shared the 2011 Offensive Most Valuable Player Award with senior running back Josh Renel (marketing major) of Rochester Adams. Two awards were created in 2005 by the coaching staff. The Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes the football student-athlete with strong academic credentials, and the Ultimate Warrior, for the football student-athlete who did outstanding work in the weight room. Burrell earned the Scholar-Athlete Award after starting all 16 games as a senior. A new award instituted this past offseason is the Courtney "Cortez" Smith Award for the WSU football student-athlete who best exemplifies what Smith stood for -- "It's all about Character." The inaugural recipient of the Cortez Smith Award was Burrell, who not only led the squad on the field, in the classroom but is also very active in the community. A photo of Burrell is included.