Brandin Hawthorne just told me he was awarded Florida Defensive Player of the Year for small schools. His teammate Vincent Smith was also awarded Offensive Player of the Year.
Brandin told me the reason he won this award was because, "I think that I carried my team defense on my back the whole year. I play harder for me and for my (former) teammate Norman Griffith, who got killed this season. So I had to play for me and him. That's what I did, now I have won my final championship."