Chesson takes home MVP honors at 95th annual Football Bust
LIVONIA, Mich. — Jehu Chesson said Monday afternoon that he tends to shy away from individual attention, but if the 95th annual Michigan Football Bust is any indication, it isn’t working.
In a celebration of the No. 14 Michigan football team’s 9-3 season, the redshirt junior wide receiver was named the Bo Schembechler team MVP for the season.
“I’ve been humbled and blessed to be around great people on a daily basis,” Chesson said. “I’ve learned so much, and it’s a huge part of why I’m here today.”
In addition to Chesson, senior tight end Michael Jocz was awarded the Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award for top student-athlete. Jocz boasts a 3.97 grade-point average in mechanical engineering — the highest on the team.
Senior linebacker Desmond Morgan won the Roger Zatkoff Award as the team’s top linebacker, while fellow senior linebacker Joe Bolden won the Robert P. Ufer Bequest for most outstanding love and enthusiasm for Michigan.
Redshirt juniors Chris Wormley and Ryan Glasgow split the Dick Katcher Award for most outstanding defensive linemen, while fifth-year senior offensive lineman Graham Glasgow won the Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award for the team’s best lineman.
Chesson’s player-selected honor comes after a season in which he led the team with 801 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns. His biggest performance came against Indiana on Nov. 14, when he tied a school record with four touchdowns and added 207 receiving yards.
Last week, he was named first-team All-Big Ten in the coaches’ vote.
Though it was a career season, Chesson remains focused on his main goal: team success.
“When you ask me about individual goals, I don’t really have a lot of individual goals,” Chesson said Monday afternoon. “The team is what really matters more. … With that kind of mentality, I think that really freed up a lot of opportunities for me to run down on kickoff, to get there on punt return and try to pin a guy in, get good blocks for Jabrill so he can make something happen.”
When asked earlier in the day who he voted for, Chesson didn’t hesitate to name the player who fed him the ball all season — fifth-year senior quarterback Jake Rudock.
“It’s really important to really acknowledge those who support you, who are in your corner,” Chesson said. “Without a quarterback — I mean, it sounds so cliché, but literally — without the decisions Jake makes throughout the game to throw me the ball, the O-line holding it up, or the defense giving them a three-and-out, making them punt, and allowing me and the offense to come out on the field and basically increase our stats, if you will.
“It’s all made possible by your teammates and your coaches, so I’m really thankful for them.”
Prior to the awards, the bust celebrated not only the 2015 team but also the 30th anniversary of the 1985 team that finished 10-1-1 and No. 2 in the final polls — the highest in former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler’s 21 seasons at Michigan.
More than 30 members of that team were in attendance, including current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was the 1985 team’s quarterback.
Though many consider that team to be one of the best in modern Michigan history, Harbaugh elected to nominate this year’s team into the conversation, factoring in the year-to-year improvement over total wins.
“The train was moving in the wrong direction, and this team moved it around on the tracks. That’s not easy to do,” Harbaugh said. “(The team) gave it everything they had. Not a single complaint. I feel like we got our dignity back.”
Among those in agreement was Harbaugh’s current boss, interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett. Speaking just over 13 months after taking the position and a week after announcing he would be resigning, Hackett noted that at the bust last season, he wanted to be able to answer one question: “Did we get better?”
“I didn’t need a year to realize I would feel better about this team,” Hackett said. “I knew we got better the day I hired (Harbaugh).”