IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 10 starting seniors for the Rose Bowl- bound Iowa Hawkeyes were named co-winners of the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award Saturday at the team's annual awards banquet.
The Hawkeyes play Pac 10 champion Washington on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.
The MVP winners include offensive lineman Greg Aegerter, running back Nick Bell, linebacker Melvin Foster, defensive back Merton Hanks, defensive tackle Jim Johnson, offensive lineman Mike Miller, defensive tackle Matt Ruhland, receiver Sean Smith, running back Tony Stewart and tight end Michael Titley.
It is not the first time Iowa has named multiple MVP winners. The players and coaches voted MVP trophies to 13 players following the Hawkeyes' 1985 Big Ten championship season.
Johnson, named to the All-Big Ten team, is an MVP winner for the second straight year. He shared the honor after last season with fullback Richard Bass. Tight end Marv Cook is the last Iowa player to win the award twice, doing so in 1987-88.
It was Miller's second major award. A senior from Plainfield, Ill., he won the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award, which goes annually to the player who excels in the classroom as well as on the field. Miller is majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
The Coaches Appreciation Award went to junior defensive back Brian Wise and freshman noseguard Mike Wells. Offensively, the winners were junior offensive lineman Dave Turner and sophomore quarterback Jim Hartlieb.
The Specialty Team Award, divided into kicking and overall performance, went to junior placekicker Jeff Skillett and Hanks, respectively. Hanks blocked an Iowa career record eight kicks.
The Scout Team Player of the Year Award went to freshman running back Chris Palmer on offense, and fresman linebacker John Hartlieb and freshman lineman Parker Wildeman on defense.
Junior linebacker John Derby and sophomore fullback Paul Kujawa shared the Hustle Award.