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    Steve Smith Named USC's Most Valuable Player
    Steve Smith, shown in action this season, was named USC's Most Valuable Player at Thursday night's team awards banquet. (File Photo)
    Steve Smith, shown in action this season, was named USC's Most Valuable Player at Thursday night's team awards banquet. (File Photo)

    Dec. 14, 2006

    USC senior All-American wide receiver Steve Smith, who leads USC in receiving with 64 catches for 975 yards and 8 touchdowns, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Rose Bowl-bound Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Thursday night (Dec. 14) at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

    Two-time All-Pac-10 first team center Ryan Kalil won USC's Most Inspirational Player Award. He also received USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award with 2-time All-American tackle Sam Baker.

    Junior defensive end Lawrence Jackson won USC's Defensive Linemen of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Sophomore linebackers Kaluka Maiava and Clay Matthews were USC's Co-Special Teams Players of the Year (it was Maiava's second consecutive honor).

    A complete list of the awards:
    Most Valuable Player: wide receiver Steve Smith
    Co-Most Inspirational Players: center Ryan Kalil
    Linemen of the Year: center Ryan Kalil and offensive tackle Sam Baker (offense), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (defense)
    Co-Special Teams Players of the Year: linebackers Kaluka Maiava and Clay Matthews
    Service Team Players of the Year: wide receiver David Ausberrry (offense), defensive tackle Alex Parsons (defense)
    Player of the Game versus Notre Dame: wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett
    Jack Oakie "Rise and Shine" Award (best hit of the year): safety Kevin Ellison (on California's DeSean Jackson)
    Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (for overall academic achievement): tight end Nick Vanderboom
    Bob Chandler Award (for the underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): linebacker Keith Rivers
    John McKay Award (for the underclassman with the most competitive spirit): linebacker Brian Cushing
    Courage Award: tailback Desmond Reed
    Co-Lifters Award: offensive tackle Sam Baker, linebacker Oscar Lua
    Team Captains: quarterback John David Booty, center Ryan Kalil, linebackers Dallas Sartz and Oscar Lua