Purify named Buffs’ 2004 Most Valuable Player

Battling through two injured shoulders, running back Bobby Purify ran for 1,017 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The fifth year senior was named by his teammates as the Buffaloes’ 2004 Most Valuable Player at the team banquet on Sunday afternoon.
He will finish his collegiate career third on CU’s all-time rushing list with 3,016. He trails just Eric Bieniemy and Rashaan Salaam.
“Bobby is one of those guys that has always had great resolve,” head coach Gary Barnett said earlier this season. “From the minute he’s gotten here, he has had to develop that mentality, that toughness. He has had surgery on his shoulder, foot and ankle.”

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“He is almost a pro in there doing his job,” he added. “He is also great in protection and he is just a complete football player. He is what you hope you can get all your players to be at some point in their career.”
Other Award winners from the banquet:
Lee Willard Award (outstanding freshman): ILB Jordan Dizon
Hang Tough Award (overcame the most adversity): The Senior Class
Tyronee "Tiger" Bussey Award (perseverance over adversity, injury): TE Jesse Wallace
Best Interview (selected by team beat media): DT Matt McChesney
Dean Jacob Van Ek Award (academic excellence): PK J.T. Eberly
Bill McCartney Award (special teams achievement): PK Mason Crosby
Regiment Award (greatest contribution with least recognition): OT Sam Wilder
Derek Singleton Award (spirit, dedication, enthusiasm): DT Matt McChesney
The Fugitive Award (symbolizing “I Don’t Care” attitude for team benefit): Entire Team
Tom McMahon Award (dedication and work ethic): VB Lawrence Vickers
Dave Jones Award (outstanding defensive player): DT Matt McChesney
John Mack Award (outstanding offensive player): TB Bobby Purify
Zack Jordan Award (most valuable player, selected by teammates): TB Bobby Purify
Buffalo Heart Award (selected by “the fans behind the bench”): TB Bobby Purify