Monday, May 3, 2010

Missouri players take home hardware at ROARS

By David Ubben

Missouri hosted its version of the Oscars on Monday night, the second annual ROARS. The football team, coming off an 8-5 season in 2009, went home far from empty-handed.

Danario Alexander led the nation in receiving yards with 1,781 last season, and took home the award for Male Athlete of the Year.

Beating Kansas in any sport at the last second will land an athlete in Mizzou lore, and Grant Ressel did it in 2009. The All-Big 12 kicker's 27-yarder beat the Jayhawks 41-39 in the regular-season finale and won Male Highlight of the Year.

Defensive end Aldon Smith won Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, and with his 11.5 sacks in 2009, how couldn't he take home Missouri's Rookie of the Year?

Receiver L'Damian Washington has lost both of his parents, but he earned a scholarship after high school and is trying to make his college football dreams come true. That earned him the Male Courage Award, given to the athlete who has "overcome significant adversity" and still managed to succeed in all areas.

Graduated safety Del Howard won the Dr. Judith A. Wells Male Academic Achievement Award.