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The Dallas football program honored 10 individuals for their performances in the 2012 season during its banquet Feb. 24.

Kris Roccograndi was named Most Valuable Player, Ryan Zapoticky was named Offensive Player of the Year and Zach Macosky was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Buddy Shutlock, Logan Bullock, Jason Simonovich, John Murray, Ryan Monk, Justin Mucha and Ryan Kozloski were also recognized.

A look at each of the awards:

• Shutlock received the Tony Lucidi Memorial Award. The two-way tackle and team captain was selected for the award, which was created in 2002 to recognize passion, commitment and dedication to the Dallas football program.

• Bullock, a two-way lineman, received the Unsung Hero Award.

• Simonovich was named Impact Player of the Year.

“We asked so much of him,” first-year coach Bob Zaruta said of Simonovich. “We used him as wide receiver, tight end and in motion as a lead blocker. We switched him from defensive back to defensive end and he made so many huge plays for us.”

• Murray, a safety, was the Most Improved Player.

• Monk, a sophomore, received the Strong Man Award as pound-for-pound the strongest player on the team.

“It is amazing what he does in the weight room,” Zaruta said.

• Mucha, another sophomore, received the Mr. Athlete Award.

“He has incredible versatility and speed,” Zaruta said of Mucha, who was used as a receiver, running back, quarterback, cornerback, punter and kick returner. “He can catch, throw and run.”

• Zapoticky, the quarterback, accounted for 18 touchdowns while passing for nearly 1,400 runs and running for almost 500.

• Macosky led the team with 105 tackles and intercepted three passes.

“He’s the kind of player who is all over the field,” Zaruta said. “He gave offensive coaches nightmares.”

• Roccograndi produced more than 1,000 total yards, almost 1,000 of it on the ground, while also making big contributions as an inside linebacker and on the special teams.

“He was instrumental in our running game when we put our seven-game winning streak together,” Zaruta said.

• Kozloski received the Climb Award, which signifies character, loyalty, integrity, Mountaineering and believe.

“When we were 0-3 and the noise and a lot of distractions were there, his leadership and interactions with his teammates were a big reason why the entire team was able to handle the adversity and turn it into a successful season,” Zaruta said.


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