SIAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Mike White - Albany State

In five seasons as head coach at Albany State University, Mike White has taken the Golden Rams' footbal program through a major rebuilding process and placed it at the top ranks of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). White led the Golden Rams to a spectacular 11-1 overall record and a perfect 10-0 regular season during the 2004 season, and captured the team's second consecutive SIAC Championship. The Golden Rams made an impressive appearance in the NCAA Division II Football Championships. White's 2004 Golden Rams were the first Division II team since 1978 to participate in the NCAA quarterfinals level. Before the lost to Valdosta State in the playoffs, White lead the Golden Rams to a 19-game winning streak, which was the longest winning streak in Division I1 football. Albany State was the only undefeated black college team during the regular season.

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

2004: Has lead the SIAC in rushing for the entire season...He has been picked as the SIAC's "Offensive Player of the Week" five times this season... Is ranked third in the country in rushing, tied for sixth in the nation in scoring and is seventh in the nation in all purpose yardage...Finished the season with 1,840 yards rushing on 247 carries (7.4 yards per carry) and averaged 167.3 yards per game... Caught nine passes for 270 yards and has scored 22 rushing touchdowns ... averaged 12.2 points per game (134 points) and averaged 169.7 yards per game in all purpose yardage ... Had three games this season with at least a 50 yard run and two runs with at least a 40 yard run... Also had four games with at least a run of 30 yards ... He rushed for a career high 239 yards against Clark Atlanta (9/18/04) ... Set the Fort Valley Record for most yards in a season (1,840) ... Also holds the Fort Valley record for most consecutive games with at least 100 yars rushing (13).

Defensive Player of the Year
Walter Curry - Albany State

2004: Walter Curry is considered one of the best football players in NCAA Division II College Football. His phenominal speed and gridiron skills make him one of the most outstanding football players in the history of Division II, Black College Football and the SIAC. During his four-year career at Albany State, Curry, known as "The Sack Master", has recorded 51.5 sacks for 424 yards, 278 tackles (151 solos), with 96 for a loss of 561 yards, 4 pass breakups, 8 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries in 45 games. In 12 games during his senior campaign, including a post-season victory, he helped the 1 Golden Rams to an incredible 11-1 record and a perfect 10-0 regular season, their first undefeated season since 1997. His participation on the field helped Albany State to gain recognition as the only undefeated black college team during the regular season. The Golden Rams finished the year as the number five team in the nation. During this University season, he recorded 72 tackles (38 solos), wit h 22.5 as tackles for loss of 150, 11 sacks for 95 yards, 15 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble rcovery.

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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