“They both did a good job,” FAU coach Lane Kiffin said. “Very similar spring, which made it difficult.”
With incumbent starting quarterback Chris Robison suspended all of spring Tronti and Agner split time piloting the first team.
Tronti seemed to have the advantage early in spring, but Agner finished strong.
“We push each other,” Tronti said. “And we care about each other and want what’s best for each other. I think it’s great we got to share that award today and I’m happy. Looking forward to doing it all summer and coming into fall camp.”
Neither quarterback claimed the spring game MVP award, however. On the offensive side of the ball wide receiver John Mitchell and tight end Harrison Bryant split the award. Both players caught two touchdowns for opposing teams in that game.
Defensively, safety Armani Adams and linebacker Akileis Leroy shared the award.
FAU coaches recognized the players for their spring accomplishments during an end-of-spring banquet held at Howard Schnellenberger Field. Members of the Red team, which won the spring game, ate steak. Gray team members dined on hot dogs.
Walk-on guard Deon Humphrey, who moved to the starting unit after a staph infection sidelined Nick Weber for the final three weeks of spring, was one of five offensive players named most improved.
“He was a guy that was kind of like third team, fourth team, then he came up and started playing big,” left tackle Brandon Walton said. “He was making plays. He was talking. He was being active. He was helping us solve problems. That’s a big addition to our unit.”
Running back Daniel Leconte, who made big plays when healthy, joined Walton among the most improved, as did wide receiver James Brunson, center Jake Jones and wide receiver Jordan Merrell.
Defensively coaches honored safety Armani Adams, defensive tackle Will Davis, cornerback James Pierre, cornerback Chris Tooley and linebacker Hosea Barnwell as their most improved players.
New offensive line coach Jeff Norrid selected Walton as the offensive line MVP in large part because he spent the spring “consistently kicking everybody’s ass.”
“I want that to be my standard going into the season,” Walton said.
John Raine claimed tight end MVP while Merrell snagged the wide receiver MVP award. James Charles began the spring as the starting running back and ended the spring there, ahead of former Alabama running back BJ Emmons, slithering and racing to his position’s MVP award.
Ray Ellis and Leighton McCarthy shared the defensive linemen MVP. Rashad Smith claimed the linebacker award, while safety Da’Von Brown earned the defensive backs MVP.
Special teams coordinator Jaron Fairman chose Jordan Helm as his MVP.
Leconte, Jones and wide receiver Brandon Robinson earned top walk-on honors on the offensive side of the ball, with defensive tackle Collin Dell, linebacker Cecil Rolle and cornerback Malik Vigille earning the honors on defense.