CEDAR CITY -- For a little icing on the cake of Southern Utah's second straight winning football season, the Thunderbirds swept the four Great West Conference Player of the Year awards in voting among the conference coaches, announced Tuesday.
Brad Sorensen was named offensive player of the year, Tyler Osborne earned defensive player of the year honors, Austin Minefee was special teams player of the year and Brady Measom was named rookie of the year.
"Considering the top-to-bottom parity of the Great West Conference this year, I'm honored that four of our players would be voted as player of the year," SUU Coach Ed Lamb said.
In all, SUU placed nine players on the all-conference first team and five more on the second team.
Sorensen, a junior quarterback from Grand Terrace, Calif., led the conference in total offense, passing yards per game, completion percentage and completions and passing touchdowns. He completed 288-of-425 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,143 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished with 3,094 total yards.
Osborne, a senior defensive end from Ogden, finished the season second in the conference in sacks, tackles for loss and fumbles forced, was tied for second in fumbles recovered and was 15th in tackles, which led all defensive linemen. The former Weber High standout finished the season with 60 tackles (33 solo), 17 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, five fumbles forced and three fumbles recovered.
Minefee, a senior running back from Cedar City, finished the season ranked seventh in the nation and atop the GWC charts in kickoff return average. He also led the GWC in all-purpose yards with 1,751.
Measom, a wide receiver from South Jordan, finished the season ranked seventh in the nation punt return average , at 12.3 yards per return. He also led the Thunderbirds in receptions with 48 for 547 yards.
Sorensen and Minefee were joined on the coaches' first offense by senior tight end Abbel Aiono, who had 28 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and junior guard Zach Brackus.
Joining Osborne on the first defense were senior linebackers Blake Fenn and Herman Sword, and senior defensive backs Dion Turner and Erron Vonner.
Earning second-team recognition were Measom, sophomore WR Fatu Moala and sophomore center Gavin Farr, a former Bonneville High standout.
Junior defensive tackle Cody Larsen and sophomore linebacker Chad Hansen earned second-team honors on the defensive side of the ball.