NORMAL - Illinois State sophomore quarterback Matt Brown was chosen as the Redbirds' most valuable player after passing for 2,665 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2010, both career highs.

Brown completed 64.2 percent of his passes, the second-highest total in school history, and passed for 300-plus yards three times.

Wide receiver Marvon Sanders and defensive lineman Eric Brunner were named offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.

Sanders had a team-high 73 receptions for 754 yards and two touchdowns. Brunner was fifth on the team with 53 tackles, including a career-high 9.5 tackles for loss.

Junior Marcus King was tabbed as the special teams player of the year for the Redbirds. The Normal Community High School graduate had eight tackles on the kickoff coverage team and blocked two punts that were returned for touchdowns.

Other award winners were junior center Cal McCarthy (most inspirational), freshman running back Anthony Boddy (offensive scout team) and freshman defensive lineman Rickey Simpson (defensive scout team).

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