January 8, 2004
Albany State University head football James "Mike" White and star defensive lineman Walter Curry will be honored by The Pigskin Club, Inc. of Washington, DC during their 66th Annual Awards Dinner at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington on Friday night.
White and Curry will be honored as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach and Player of the Year.
White will receive the Charles B. Fisher Award, and Curry will be presented the Oliver M. Thompson Award.
In four seasons as head coach at Albany State, White, who led Albany State to its first SIAC championship since 1997, posted a spectacular 10-2 record during the 2003 season.
The Golden Rams made their first appearance in the Pioneer Bowl and defeated CIAA champ Fayetteville State 52-30.
Under White's leadership, the 2003 Golden Rams were ranked first in the nation in Division II in total defense and pass efficiency defense; and second on scoring defense.
The Rams were also ranked fifth in rushing defense, 20th in scoring offense and 21st in rushing offense.
Curry, a 6-4, 268-pound junior from Crescent City, FL, is a three-year starter for the Golden Rams.
He is credited with 18 sacks for 152 yards during the 2003 season and is ranked first in the SIAC in sacks and second in the nation in Division II.
In 12 games for the Golden Rams this season, he also recorded 79 tackles (39 solos), with 40 for a loss of 187 yards.
He is ranked first in the nation in tackles for loss. He also had four pass break-ups, 17 quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one safety.
Curry is also the SIAC's 2003 Defensive Player of the Year.
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