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There was no reason to even take an official vote for this year's Buffalo Heart Award winner: It was Phillip Lindsay in a landslide.
 
The Colorado Buffaloes senior tailback was the unanimous choice for the award given out by the fans who sit behind the bench.
 
"He's one super kid, and we were just fortunate to have him," said John Cernac, who helps with the award. "The kid is unreal."
Lindsay worked his way into the hearts of Buffs fans through his work ethic. He has one speed _ full go. That's why his nickname is the "Tasmanian Devil," which was bestowed on him by coach Mike MacIntyre. 
 
"If we had 22 like him, there would be no defeats," Cernac said.
 
The Buffalo Heart Award was the idea of a group of friends in 1998. They first presented it to receiver Darrin Chiaverini, who's now the team's co-offensive coordinator. Other winners have included tailback Bobby Purify (2004), quarterback Joel Klatt (2005), quarterback Cody Hawkins (2010), tailback Rodney Stewart (2011) and receiver Nelson Spruce (2015). Last year's winner was quarterback Sefo Liufau.
 
Lindsay was presented the award after a 38-24 loss to No. 15 USC on Saturday.
"I'm happy that the fans think so highly of me," Lindsay said. "This is something I will be able to cherish for the rest of my life."