SIAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Mike White - Albany State

In just four seasons as head coach at Albany State University, James "Mike" White has taken the Golden Rams' football program through a major rebuilding process and produced a tremendous football powerhouse. As head coach of his alma mater, White has led Albany State's football program to tremendous growth and success. Albany State recognized as one of the premier teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and NCAA Division II football. White, who led Albany State to its first SIAC championship since 1997, posted a spectacular 10-2 record during the 2003 season. The Golden Rams made its first appearance in the Sixth Pioneer Bowl, which pits the SIAC champion against the champion of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and defeated the Fayetteville State University Broncos, 52-30. From 2000-2003, he has posted a 25-18 overall record with a .581 winning percentage.

Offensive Player of the Year
Derrick Wimbush - Running Back - Fort Valley State University

Derrick Wimbush is from Maulk, Georgia and currently a junior at Fort Valley State University majoring in Health and Physical Education. Mr. Wimbush has lived up to his potential as one of the best backs in Division II and a playmaker. He finished the regular season as the SIAC rushing champion with 1,348 yards (122.5 ypg) and 14 touchdowns (best in the conference). Also, he averaged 7.3 yards per carry, caught 10 passes for 118 yards and another touchdown to bring his season total to 15. During the 2003 season, Derrick rushed for over 100 yards six times. He was named Most Valuable Player in the Foundation City Classic (Fort Valley State vs Albany State). Wimbush is ranked nationally in Division II rushing (15th), and is second among all HBCU running backs in yards per game. He was named as the SIAC’s “Offensive Player of the Week” four times and the “Newcomer of the Week” once. Wimbush was also a South Region finalist for the Harlon Hill Award.

Defensive Player of the Year
Walter Curry - Albany State

Walter Curry, a three-year starter for Albany State University, is touted as one of the best defensive players of the game. Curry is a key anchor for the Golden Rams' "Dirty Blue" defensive unit, which is ranked first in the nation in Division II in total defense and pass efficiency defense, second in the nation in scoring defense and fifth in the nation in rushing defense. Curry, a 6-4, 268-pound junior from Crescent City, FL, is credited with 18 sacks for 152 yards during the 2003 season and is ranked first in the SIAC in sacks and second in the nation in Division II. He led the SIAC in sacks with 11 for 72 during his freshman season in 2001, and 13 for 113 yards in 2002. In 12 games for the Golden Rams this season, he also recorded 79 tackles (39 solos), with 40 for a loss of 187 yards. He is ranked first in the nation in tackles for loss. He also had four pass break-ups, 17 quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one safety.

2003 Award Winners

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