The Whitworth University football team announced its post-season awards at its 2017 awards ceremony last Saturday night. Twenty-two seniors where individually honored after leading the Pirates to an 8-2 regular season record. This senior class, the first under the current coaching staff, finished its four-year career with a record of 31-10, including a 25-6 mark over the last three years.
The winner of the 2017 Torchbearer Leadership Award was senior quarterback and captain Ian Kolste.
Other winners included:
Mind & Heart Academic Award - senior linebacker Patch Kulp.
Most Dangerous Man (special teams ) Award – senior defensive back John-Robert Woolley.
Team Player Award - junior K/P Rehn Reiley.
Committed to Excellence Award – senior defensive back Taylor Roelofs.
FREE TO SOAR Season Theme Award – senior receiver Kevin Thomas.
During the ceremony the coaching staff also honored this year's team captains: Taylor Roelofs, Patch Kulp, Ian Kolste and Garrett McKay. It was announced that 2018 team captains will be voted on by the team at the end of the off-season at the conclusion of spring practices.
Although All-American teams have not been announced yet, one Pirate garnered recognition to the D3 Football.com All West Region Team – cornerback Taylor Roelofs .
Patch Kulp was also recognized as a member of the CoSIDA Academic All District Team.
"This is a special senior class," said Whitworth head coach Rod Sandberg. "Four years ago they took a chance on nothing more than a vision of what we thought this program could become. They leave here having set a standard of excellence on and off the field. Their ability and their leadership will be missed."