Tech hands out football awards

HOUGHTON – Tyler Scarlett earned the Al Bovard Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year as the Michigan Tech football team handed out its 2013 season honors at a team dinner.

The junior quarterback threw for 2,552 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. He also rushed for 144 yards and six scores.

A three-year starter, Scarlett posted his third consecutive season over 2,400 yards passing to reset Tech’s career passing mark with 7,554 yards.

The Fred Baird Memorial Award for the team’s outstanding defensive player went to Taylor Ziolkowski (Goodman, Wis). The senior linebacker recorded a team-leading 93 tackles with 51 solos and 42 assists. He also notched two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

A pair of seniors – offensive lineman Matt Waters and fullback Cole Welch (Kingsford) -shared the Ted Kearly Award, given annually to the Husky who played and practiced with passion, pride and integrity.

Welch also earned the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award and the Iron Man Award.

Michigan Tech compiled a 6-4 record in 2013, alternating two wins and two losses through its 10-game schedule.

– Eighteen students associated with Michigan Tech athletics, including football’s Ben Potter of Niagara and Cole Welch of Kingsford, received degrees at the mid-year commencement ceremony.

The group includes four who earned master’s degrees and 14 who earned bachelor’s degrees.

Potter earned a degree in exercise science; Welch in mechanical engineering.