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DII MVP Forward - John Grams

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DII MVP Forward - John Grams

Paul Peckham photo.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater No. 8 John Grams is Goff Rugby Report’s MVP Forward for Men’s DII College Rugby.

Grams showcased an impressive work ethic throughout the season, and was at the forefront of Whitewater’s national championship efforts. Given the impressive nature of the Whitewater backs - any one of which could be considered among the best at his position in the nation - the Whitewater forwards had a crucial role in making sure their backs got good ball. 

It wasn’t a flashy job, but it was an important one. Under pressure at times, the Grafton, Wisc. native made sure his brother and scrumhalf, Tim, got secure possession to free up those backs. 

Grams is an excellent example of how good coaching at the high school level can make players successful early on in college - he’s only a sophomore.

This pick was very difficult because there were many very good forwards in DII and the field was extremely competitive. As a result, we’ve got an extensive Honorable Mention list.

 

John Grams is our Goff Rugby Report Men’s Forward DII MVP. 

 

Honorable Mention:

Chris Coyne - Sacred Heart

Two honorable mentions in action, as Keyon McCloud-Holman of Norwich tackles UW-Whitewater's Zachary Smith. Jeremy Fleming photo.
Keyon McCloud-Holman of Norwich tackles Zachary Smith of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the semifinals of the 2016 national DII college rugby championship. Jeremy Fleming photo.

Edward Pond - Coast Guard Academy

Zachary Smith - Wisconsin-Whitewater

Cam Maher - Grand Valley State

Greyson Lincoln - Western State

Keyon McCloud-Holman - Norwich

Jeffrey Tonge - Furman

Dylan Bostock - Furman

Tom McCrimmon - UNW-Wilmington

Shay Haase - Wisconsin-Whitewater

Conor Bell - Wisconsin-Whitewater

TJ Dixon - NC State

Dylan Heyvaert - Grand Valley State

Taylor Neaton - North Dakota State