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Brown Finishes as Finalist for Dudley Award

December 7, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Brown Finishes as Finalist for Dudley Award

Accolades continue to roll in for Liberty Flames starting quarterback Mike Brown, as the junior has finished as one of the top three finalists for the Dudley Award. The Touchdown Club of Richmond honored this year's finalists at a special awards banquet held Tuesday night at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Richmond, Va.

The Dudley Award is given annually to the top Division I football player in the Commonwealth of Virginia (either FBS or FCS). The award is voted upon by a select media panel across the Commonwealth.

The Dudley Award is named for the late William "Bullet Bill" Dudley, a former Virginia and NFL standout. Dudley, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. He was the NFL MVP in 1946.

Besides Brown, the other two nominees were Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor and Richmond's Eric McBride. Taylor won the honor, with McBride finishing in second place and Brown placing third in the final voting.

Taylor is the 2010 ACC Player of the Year and was recently named the ACC Championship game MVP, after leading the Hokies to a 44-33 win over Florida State to receive the conference's BCS bid to the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

McBride is the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a Top 20 finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top FCS defensive player in the country. The senior linebacker has started 54-straight games and finished the season with 119 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

This marks the 11th time that a Virginia Tech football player has won the accolade in the 21-year history of the award. A Virginia or Virginia Tech football player has received the top state accolade all but three times since the award was established in 1990.

Brown is the first player in Liberty's history to be a finalist for the Dudley Award. The junior finished the year as the No. 1-ranked FCS player in the country in total offense, averaging 346.36 total offensive yards per game.

A Walter Payton Award finalist, Brown was Liberty's leading rusher and passer, as he ran for 854 yards and passed for another 2,956 yards. He was responsible for 32 of the team's 47 touchdowns (68.1 percent) and finished his season ranked No. 4 nationally in points responsible for (17.45 per game).

His 3,810 total offensive yards shattered Liberty's previous record of 3,127 yards set by Phil Basso on 1984. The two-time Big South Player of the Year also finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally in passing yards per game (268.73), No. 9 in total passing yards and No. 7 in passing efficiency (149.63).