Cannon Named Finalist for the Lanier Award

by Trojans Sports Informations Department
12/5/2017 11:31 AM
This year's finalists have been announced for the Dudley and Lanier awards, presented annually to the best college football players in Virginia.

The Dudley award, presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Touchdown Club of Richmond, is given to the best Division I football player. This year's finalists are Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser and Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta.

The Lanier award is given to the best small-college player. This year's finalists are Washington and Lee running back Josh Breece, Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon, and Hampden-Sydney wide receiver Cam Johnson.

The Dudley and Lanier Award Banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, 12042 W. Broad Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45.00 each and can be purchased by emailing [email protected].

The Dudley nominees are heavy on defense, with linebackers Kiser and Edmunds getting the nod.

Tech's Edmunds, a junior, is a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker. He was first-team All-ACC and led the Hokies with 102 tackles.

U.Va.'s Kiser, a senior, finished the season No. 1 in the ACC with 134 tackles, and is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, also known as the Academic Heisman, and the Senior CLASS Award.

Lauletta is no stranger to record books himself. The Richmond quarterback, a senior, was the CAA offensive player of the year. He finished the season with 3,737 yards, the second-most nationally, and a school-record 28 passing touchdowns.

In the running for the Lanier award are three offensive players.

Washington and Lee's Breece is a freshman from Lorton who didn't start until the fifth game of the season, yet still set a new ODAC record for rushing yards with 1,825, breaking a record that had stood since 1986.

Cannon, the Virginia State senior running back, led the Trojans to an undefeated regular season, piling up 245 all-purpose yards per game. He was the CIAA offensive player of the year, and is aiming to become the second consecutive VSU player to take home the Lanier award.

Hampden-Sydney senior wide receiver Cam Johnson was the ODAC offensive player of the year, leading the nation with 110 receptions. In The Game against Randolph-Macon, he set a program record for receptions with 19, piling up 230 yards and two touchdowns.