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Paul Chryst Names 2012 Ed Conway Spring Award Winners




April 14, 2012

   PITTSBURGH--Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst and his staff have selected the 2012 winners of the Ed Conway Award, annually presented to the most improved players of spring drills.

   This year's offensive recipient is senior center Ryan Turnley (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell). The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Turnley is successfully building on his strong junior campaign when he started every single contest despite nagging foot injuries. He proved to be a catalyst for the offensive line this spring from both a leadership and performance standpoint. 

   The defensive honoree is senior Shayne Hale (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway). A 6-foot-4, 255-pound end, Hale is strongly competing for a prominent role on the defensive front this fall.  

   Chryst made the Conway Award announcement at Pitt's player family breakfast this morning at Heinz Field. The award has been annually presented since 1975 in honor of the late Ed Conway, who served as the radio play-by-play voice of Pitt football from 1970-73. A popular sports anchor with WTAE-TV, Conway passed away in 1974. 


 

 

   The Panthers conclude spring drills today with the Pitt Spring Football Festival at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium. The event will begin with the Pitt football team hosting a youth clinic (boys and girls in 8th grade and under) at 11:30 a.m. The Blue-Gold Scrimmage will start at 1 p.m., immediately followed by a "Meet the Panthers" session on the playing field. 

   Past winners of the Ed Conway Award (1975-2012):   

 

1975

Offense: John Pelusi (C)

Defense: Randy Cozens (DE)

 

1976

Offense: Bob Hutton (HB)

Defense: LeRoy Felder (DB)

 

1977

Offense: Randy Reutershan (FL), George Link (OG)

Defense: Dave Logan (MG)

 

1978

Offense: Ray "Rooster" Jones (HB)

Defense: Lynn Thomas (DB)

 

1979

Offense: Russ Grimm (C)

Defense: Charles "Yogi" Jones (LB)

 

1980

Offense: Emil Boures (OG)

Defense: Carlton Williamson (SS)

 

1981

Offense: Wayne DiBartola (FB)

Defense: Wallace "Pappy" Thomas (CB)

 

1982

Offense: Marlon McIntyre (FB)

Defense: Dan "Peep" Short (SS)

 

1983

Offense: Mike Dahl (OG)

Defense: Melvin Dean (CB), Troy Benson (LB)

 

1984

Offense: Dwayne Milloy (FL)

Defense: Steve Apke (LB)

 

1985

Offense: Dave Shuck (TE)

Defense: Lee Hetrick (LB), John Lewis (CB)

 

1986

Offense: Darrin Gillaspie (WR)

Defense: Jerry Olsavsky (LB)

 

1987

Offense: Nate Heyward (RB)

Defense: Carnel Smith (DE)

 

1988

Offense: Adam Walker (RB)

Defense: Louis Riddick (SS)

 

1989

Offense: Mike LiVorio (OL)

Defense: Dave Coleman (CB)

 

1990

Offense: Scott Stark (QB)

Defense: Anthony Jagers (SS)

 

1991

Offense: Dan Anderson (OL)

Defense: Jeff Esters (DL)

 

1992

Offense: Mark Fely (OL)

Defense: Mike Halapin (DL)

 

1993

Offense: Raymond Belvin (TE)

Defense: Tom Barndt (DL), Jason Chavis (LB), Jay Jones (DB)

 

1994

Offense: Brian Curran (OL)

Defense: Mike Mohring (DL)

 

1995

Offense: John Jones (TE)

Defense: David Sumner (LB)

 

1996

Offense: Kirk McMullen (TE)

Defense: Rasshad Whitmill (DB)

 

1997

Offense: Ethan Weidle (OL)

Defense: Frank Moore (DL)

 

1998

Offense: Matt Lytle (QB)

Defense: Nick Cole (LB)

 

1999

Offense: Jeff McCurley (OL)

Defense: Ryan Smith (DL), Mark Ponko (DB)

 

2000

Offense: Mike Bosnic (TE)

Defense: Bryan Knight (DL), Amir Purifoy (LB)

 

2001

Offense: Kris Wilson (TE)

Defense: Torrie Cox (DB), Lewis Moore (LB)

 

2002

Offense: Brandon Miree (RB), Tim Murphy (RB)

Defense: Vince Crochunis (DL), Tez Morris (DB), Malcolm Postell (LB)

 

2003

Offense: Chris Curd (WR)

Defense: Bernard "Josh" Lay (DB), Malcolm Pinder (DL)

 

2004

Offense: Mike McGlynn (OL), Tim Murphy (RB)

Defense: Charles Sallet (DL), Clint Session (LB)

 

2005

Offense: Mike McGlynn (OL)

Defense: Chris McKillop (DL)

 

2006

Offense: C.J. Davis (OL)

Defense: Clint Session (LB)

Special Teams: Kennard Cox (DB)

 

2007

Offense: Jeff Otah (OL)

Defense: Gus Mustakas (DL)

 

2008

Offense: Dorin Dickerson (TE), Cedric McGee (WR)

Defense: Mick Williams (DL)

 

2009

Offense: Pat Bostick (QB)

Defense: Max Gruder (LB)

 

2010

Offense: Greg Cross (WR)

Defense: Antwuan Reed (DB)

 

2011

Offense: Anthony Gonzalez (QB)

Defense: Tyrone Ezell (DL), Buddy Jackson (DB)

 

2012

Offense: Ryan Turnley (OL)

Defense: Shayne Hale (DL)

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