WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America football program is proud to announce this year's recipients of the Anthony J. Bottoni Award and Ronnie McManes Award, two of the highest honors given out by the team. The awards recognize two senior standouts from 2015, quarterback T.J. Tutone and tight end Jamie Young.
Catholic President John Garvey and Associate Vice President / Athletics Director Sean Sullivan were on hand along with McManes' son, Chris, to present the awards to the 2015 honorees. Tutone was recognized with the Bottoni Award, while Young was honored with McManes Award.
The Bottoni Award was established in 2000 to honor the football team's outstanding senior player. The award is named in honor of Anthony J. Bottoni, a two-year starting right guard for the Cardinals who passed tragically in December of 1999. Just a month prior, Bottoni helped Catholic win its first league football championship. That season, the Cards went a perfect 6-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 6-foot, 277-pound interior lineman helped the team to a combined record of 29-4 in three seasons, reaching the NCAA playoffs from 1997 to 1999.
Tutone culminated his tremendous career at Catholic by having a senior season for the record books. As a senior, Tutone was one of the nation's most prolific passers, as he led the country with almost 35.7 completions per game, and finished in the country in total offense.
Tutone finished second in the ODAC with 3,138 passing yards, as well as second in touchdown passes and yards per game. Tutone's senior season cannot be measured simply by his numbers. Tutone stood out equally for his leadership and toughness which were evident each and every Saturday he played.
In recognition for this outstanding performance USA College Football named Tutone its third team All-American quarterback. Tutone was also selected as the second team All-ODAC Conference quarterback.
The McManes (mick-maynz) Award was established in 1998 to honor the Cardinal football player who has risen above adversity to excel athletically and academically. The award is named in honor of former Cardinal Coach Ronnie McManes, who in 1965 helped to rejuvenate football at CUA by becoming the school's first head football coach in 15 years. McManes, who passed in 2001, had previously coached football, baseball, basketball and track for the local Metropolitan Police Boys Club. Former University of Notre Dame President, the Rev. Edward A. "Monk" Malloy, is among the boys club players he coached.
Young began his promising athletic career as a freshman wide receiver in 2012 appearing in seven games. Early in his sophomore season, however, Young suffered a severe high ankle sprain which effectively ended his 2013 campaign. The 2014 season saw Young continue to suffer through the lingering effects of his ankle injury, but as he tried to continue playing through the injury, a collapsed lung suffered against Emory & Henry ended his junior season. Over his sophomore and junior seasons, injuries severely limited Young's playing time and he had only three catches. Heading into his senior year it appeared that as a result of his injuries Young's ability to be a meaningful contributor to the team had passed.
However, Young refused to accept a limited role and returned for his senior year and made the move to tight end. Battling back from these significant injuries, Young became a key contributor as a senior where his 31 catches (many for key third down conversions) were part of one of the most explosive Division III passing offenses in the nation.
Young graduated last May with a degree in electrical engineering and he is currently working as an engineer and project manager.
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