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January 16, 2012
Newcomer Goodwin wins team award

It didn't take Jonathan Goodwin long to endear himself to teammates, coaches and 49ers staff. The team's center received the Bobb McKittrick Award, which is named for the former 49ers offensive line coach and given to the offensive lineman who "best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment" of McKittrick, who died of cancer in 2000.

Seven of the last nine winners of the award have been centers, including David Baas, who won it last season. Goodwin was signed to replace Baas after Baas left, via free agency, to the Giants. Baas will be New York's starting center when the teams meet on Sunday. Goodwin, meanwhile, injured his lower leg in Saturday's game but returned to the contest and today said he would be fine.

The team's most prestigious in-house award, the Len Eshmont Award, will be presented soon and the winner is expected to be defensive end Justin Smith.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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