Jan 14, 2020 9:04 PM

101 Awards recipients announced

Posted Jan 14, 2020 9:04 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Committee of 101 today announced the award winners for the 2019 NFL season as the 101 Awards prepares to celebrate its golden anniversary with the presentation of the 50th Annual Salute to Professional Football.

Six first-time recipients will be recognized as the NFL’s top performers and will be presented with their respective trophy by a former 101 Award legend at the black-tie gala in Kansas City on Feb. 29, 2020. The event is presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union and will be televised at a later date on NFL Network.

The top achievements of the 2019 regular season, as selected by a committee comprised of 101 members of the national media, include Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens, as AFC Offensive Player of the Year; Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints, as NFC Offensive Player of the Year; Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots, as AFC Defensive Player of the Year; Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals, as NFC Defensive Player of the Year; John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens as AFC Coach of the Year; and Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers, as NFC Coach of the Year.

In addition to the player and coach awards, the 101 event will conclude by presenting the prestigious Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, which was created in 2008 to honor the life and legacy of the Chiefs founder. This award recognizes a person or group that significantly contributed to the NFL and its status as the preeminent pro sports league in America. The 13th annual recipient is the late Bart Starr, legendary quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

Each full season since the AFL-NFL merger, the 101 Awards have honored the top players and coaches of the year, making it the nation’s longest-running awards event dedicated exclusively to the National Football League. In its 50-year history, the 101 has recognized many of the greatest players and coaches ever to take the field, and this year’s class adds to the impressive list of award winners.

Leading the Ravens to the league’s best record (14-2) and the AFC’s No. 1 seed, AFC Offensive Player of the Year Lamar Jackson shattered the single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, finishing with 1,206 yards to break Michael Vick’s mark set in 2006. In just his first full season as a starter, the dazzling Jackson added another 3,127 yards through the air, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He also tossed a league-high 36 touchdown passes. He also became the youngest quarterback to notch a perfect passer rating (Week 1) and later became the second player in NFL history to post two perfect passer ratings in a single season.

NFC Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints put together the most prolific receiving year in history, smashing Marvin Harrison’s (143) NFL single-season receptions record with 149 regular-season catches. Finishing the regular season with a league-leading 1,725 yards along with nine touchdowns, Thomas earned a unanimous first-team All-Pro selection—his second overall—and his third Pro Bowl selection. Helping the Saints to a 13-3 record and an NFC South title, Thomas set the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first four seasons with 470. Thomas’ league-leading receptions and yardage totals both topped the NFL in 2019 and were just two of his league-leading stats, which also included receiving first downs with 91.

On the defensive side, Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year after turning in one of the best seasons by a defensive back in recent years. Dominating opposing receivers throughout the season, Gilmore helped New England to a 12-4 record and a spot in the playoffs for the 19th consecutive season. Statistically, he finished the regular season tied for the league lead in interceptions (six) and first in passes defended (20). He anchored a Patriots defense that ranked first in the NFL in total defense, scoring defense and turnover differential. Gilmore captured his second consecutive All-Pro recognition, earning a unanimous first-team selection.

NFC Defensive Player of the Year Chandler Jones, an outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, also turned in a dominating year with 19.0 sacks, notching double-digit sacks for the sixth time in his eight-season career. A force in the league since the Patriots drafted him with the No. 21 pick in 2012, Jones joined the Cardinals in 2016 and has averaged 15.0 sacks per season over the course of his four years. This season, he also co-led the league in forced fumbles with eight and notched a career-high five passes defended. Named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December after totaling 6.5 sacks in the Cards' five games, Jones was named to his third Pro Bowl and earned his second first-team All-Pro selection.

Earning AFC Coach of the Year honors for the first time, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh led the Ravens to a league-best 14-2 record—the product of a 12-game winning streak to finish the regular season. Setting a franchise record for single-season wins, Harbaugh earned a reputation for gambling on fourth downs and calling big plays, which ultimately paid off with the AFC North title and top seed in the AFC playoff bracket. Offensively dominant, Harbaugh’s Ravens set an all-time franchise record for team rushing yards in a season with help from Jackson, his star quarterback, and produced 12 Pro Bowlers and five first-team All-Pro selections. Harbaugh has become the winningest coach in Ravens history and, during his 12-year tenure in Baltimore, his teams have achieved the fourth-most wins in the NFL over that span.

On the NFC side, NFC Coach of the Year Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers led his team to a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround in just his third season as head coach. Despite repeated injuries to key players, he directed the 49ers to eight consecutive wins to start the season and finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, tying for best in the NFC. Shanahan brought the first division title to San Francisco since 2012, earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The son of former two-time AFC Coach of the Year Mike Shanahan, Kyle and his dad become just the second father-son tandem to win 101 awards in the 50-year history, joining Jim Mora and Jim, Jr.

As recipient of the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, Starr embodied the characteristics of the award’s namesake both on the field, as one of the great quarterbacks of all-time, and off the field, as a man of integrity. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is one of the most respected players of a generation. Starr is the only quarterback in history to lead his team to five NFL titles in the same decade. That includes three consecutive championships from 1965-67 and he was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls. His son, Bart, Jr., will accept the award during this year’s 101 ceremonies.

The 101 Awards event in Kansas City will also recognize two Chiefs award winners— the Mack Lee Hill Award for top rookie and the Derrick Thomas Award for the team’s Most Valuable Player.

For the fifth consecutive year, the beneficiary of the 101 Awards will be The University of Kansas Health System’s Sports Medicine & Performance Center, which strives to prevent injury and improve the health and wellness of student-athletes throughout the region. The University of Kansas Health System is a not-for-profit organization and receives no state or local funding, relying instead on philanthropy and sound fiscal management.

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Wildcats open two-game homestand vs. 23/23 Texas Tech tonight
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MANHATTAN -- Kansas State men's basketball begins a two-game homestand tonight when they take on 23/23 Texas Tech.

The game is scheduled to begin 7:02 p.m. Tuesday in Bramlage Coliseum. You can catch the game on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, listen to it online via TuneIn.com [free], www.kstatesports.com/watch [free], and on satellite radio at XM 386 or Internet 976.


Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)

Overall: 470-252/22nd season

At K-State: 157-97/8th season

vs. Texas Tech: 8-6 (6-1 at home)

Texas Tech: Chris Beard (Texas ‘95)

Overall: 257-86/11th season

At Texas Tech: 86-36/4th season

vs. Kansas State: 4-2 (1-2 on the road)


Kansas State (7-8)

G: #00 Mike McGuirl

G: #2 Cartier Diarra

G/F: #20 Xavier Sneed

F: #23 Montavious Murphy

F: #14 Makol Mawien

Texas Tech (10-5)

G: #0 Kyler Edwards

G: #3 Jahmi’us Ramsey

G: #25 Davide Moretti

F: #22 T.J. Holyfield

F: #44 Chris Clarke


Overall: K-State leads 24-16

Current Streak: K-State, 1

In Manhattan: K-State leads 16-3

At Bramlage Coliseum: K-State leads 12-3

Last Meeting: W, 58-45 [1/22/19 in Manhattan]

Weber vs. Beard: Beard leads 4-2 [1-2 on the road]


Kansas State (7-8, 0-3 Big 12) embarks on one of its most challenging stretches of the season on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats welcome fellow reigning Big 12 co-champion and No. 23/23 Texas Tech (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) to Bramlage Coliseum. The Red Raiders are the first of 3 consecutive Top 25 teams for K-State, which includes a home game with No. 12/13 West Virginia (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) on Saturday and a trip to No. 6/7 Kansas (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) on Jan. 21. Tuesday’s game will tip at 7 p.m., CT on Big 12 Now with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Lance Blanks (analyst) on the call.

K-State has performed well against Top 25 opponents at Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988, posting a 38-60 (.388) record against ranked foes, including a 35-57 (.380) mark against ranked Big 12 teams. Those numbers are even better under head coach Bruce Weber, where the Wildcats have tallied a 16-14 (.533) record vs. Top 25 teams. Among those 16 victories are 11 over Top 15 opponents, including No. 1 Oklahoma in 2016 and No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 13 Kansas last season.

K-State saw its struggles continue on Saturday night, as Texas opened the second half on a 12-0 run, part of a 20-2 run that was sandwiched between the two halves, to help them snap a 3-game losing streak to the Wildcats at home in a 64-50 victory at the Frank Erwin Center. With K-State leading 25-23 after a layup by junior Cartier Diarra with 2:48 before halftime, Texas scored 20 of the next 22 points, flipping a 2-point deficit into a 43-27 lead with 13:11 to play. The 50 points marked a season-low, as the Wildcats connected on 37 percent (20-of-54) from the field, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range. The loss punctuated a frustrating day for K-State, which saw the team not arrive in Austin until 2:30 p.m., CT due to inclement weather and mechanical issues with the team’s charter flight.

Texas Tech enters Tuesday’s game on the heels of back-to-back losses to current No. 2/2 Baylor (52-57) at home and at 12/13 West Virginia (54-66) last week. The Red Raiders had won 5 consecutive games before their recent skid with their other 3 losses coming in overtime to both Creighton (76-83) and DePaul (60-65) and to current nationally ranked Iowa (61-72). The reigning national runner ups are led by one of the nation’s top freshmen in Jahmi’us Ramsey (16.8 ppg.), who has averaged 16.2 points in the last 5 games, while 3 other players (Davide Moretti, Terrence Shannon, Jr., and Kyler Edwards) also average double figures.

This will be the 41st meeting between K-State and Texas Tech with the Wildcats holding a 24-16 advantage, including a 16-3 mark at home. The Red Raiders had won 6 of the previous 8 meetings (3 in a row), before the Wildcats earned a 58-45 win in the last meeting at Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 22, 2019.

With the offense continuing to develop, K-State has had to rely on its defensive foundation. The Wildcats are allowing just 60.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting, including 32.3 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 16.9 turnovers forced and a Big 12-best 8.8 steals per game. K-State ranks 27th in scoring defense, 31st in steals and 34th in turnovers forced. The team is allowing just 54.4 points on 37.3 percent shooting, including 27.1 percent from 3-point range, in their 7 wins compared to 66.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from long range, in their 8 losses.


No. 23/23 Texas Tech (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) has dropped consecutive games in Big 12 play to current No. 2/2 Baylor (52-57) and at No. 12/13 West Virginia (54-66) after winning 5 in a row from Dec. 10 to Jan. 4. Two of the Red Raiders’ 3 other losses have come in overtime to Creighton (76-83) and at DePaul (60-65) and to ranked Iowa team (61-72) at a neutral site. In the 66-54 loss to West Virginia on Saturday, Texas Tech connected on just 28.4 percent from the field, including 21.4 percent from 3-point range.

Texas Tech is averaging 73.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting, including 32.4 percent from 3-point range, to go with 37.3 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 7.8 steals and 3.7 blocks per game, while allowing 62.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from 3-point range. The team is averaging 63.7 points in Big 12 play on 38.8 percent shooting, including 29.3 percent from 3-point range, while allowing 57.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting.

The Red Raiders return several key components from last season’s run to the NCAA Championship game, including Davide Moretti (13.0 ppg.) and Kyler Edwards (10.5 ppg.), but have added several important pieces in freshmen Jahmi’us Ramsey, who leads the team in scoring at 16.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting, including 46.8 percent from 3-point range to go with 5.3 rebounds and a team-best 1.7 steals per game in 11 games. Fellow freshman Terrence Shannon, Jr., averages 11.6 points, while transfers T.J. Holyfield (9.1 ppg., 4.8 rpg.) and Chris Clarke (6.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg., 5.9 apg.) have brought experience to a team that lost 11 lettermen. Clarke paces the team in both rebounding and assists in starting just 5 games.

Texas Tech is led by reigning National Coach of the Year candidate head coach Chris Beard, who has posted an 86-36 (.705) record in his fourth season. He has a 257-86 (.749) overall record in his 11th season as a head coach, which includes head-coaching stints at McMurry (2012-13), Angelo State (2013-15) and Little Rock (2015-16).


K-State and Texas Tech will meet for the 41st time in their histories with the Wildcats holding a 24-16 advantage in the series, including a 16-3 mark at home. The Wildcats own a slight 17-15 edge since the start of Big 12 play.

Texas Tech has won 6 of the last 9 meetings, including a 4-2 mark under head coach Chris Beard. Last season, the teams split their 2 meetings with the Red Raiders winning 63-57 at home on Jan. 5, while the Wildcats snapped a 3-game skid in the series with a 58-45 win at home on Jan. 22, 2019.

Head coach Bruce Weber is 9-6 all-time against Texas Tech, including a 6-1 mark at home, while Weber is 2-4 against head coach Chris Beard.

Junior Cartier Diarra has had the most success against Texas Tech in his career, averaging 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 4 career games with 2 starts, while senior Xavier Sneed has averaged just 4.7 points in 6 career games.


Texas opened the second half on a 12-0 run, part of a 20-2 run that was sandwiched between the two halves, as the Longhorns earned their first Big 12 win of the season and kept Kansas State winless in league play with a 64-50 win on Saturday night before 8,496 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.

The loss punctuated a frustrating day for K-State, which saw the team not arrive in Austin until 2:30 p.m., on Saturday due to weather delays and mechanical issues with the team’s charter flight.

With K-State leading 25-23 after a layup by junior Cartier Diarra with 2:48 before halftime, Texas scored 20 of the game’s next 22 points, flipping a two-point deficit into a 43-27 lead with 13:11 to play. The Wildcats missed their first 12 field goals of the second half before the Longhorns were called for a goaltend on a Diarra layup at the 12:00 mark. The team shot just 30 percent (9-of-30) after halftime with 10 turnovers.

In contrast, the Texas offense was firing on all cylinders for much of the game, as the Longhorns connected on 49 percent (24-of-49) from the field, including 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from 3-point range, in leading for nearly 34 minutes. They became the second consecutive team to knock down 10 3-pointers against K-State after TCU had 10 on Jan. 7.

Diarra was the only Wildcat to score in double figures with a game-tying 14 points on 6-of-16 field goals to go with 5 assists, while freshman DaJuan Gordon added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals off the bench.

Junior Matt Coleman III paced 3 Longhorns in double figures with a game-tying 14 points on 4-of-12 field goals, while sophomore Courtney Ramey and junior Jase Febres added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Jericho Sims chipped in 8 points, a game-high 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The 50 points marked a season-low for K-State, as the team connected on 37 percent (20-of-54) from the field, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range, made just 5 of 9 free throws. The Wildcats did take advantage of some Longhorn turnovers, scoring 23 points off 20 miscues.

It marked just the second double-digit loss for the Wildcats (and largest of the season) after losing 6 by single digits.