Penn State's John Urschel and Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson were named finalists for the Sullivan Award on Friday, which recognizes the nation's premier amateur athlete.
A 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Urschel garnered back-to-back first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2012 and 2013 and Academic All-District honors for three straight years. A team co-captain and a key component to one of the Big Ten's most productive offenses the past two years, Urschel claimed Associated Press third-team All-America honors. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard, Urschel paved the way for three straight 1,000-yard rushers and helped the Nittany Lions to winning seasons in all four years of his career.
Robinson played and started in all 33 matches for the Nebraska volleyball team, totaling 530 kills and averaging 4.45 kills per set for the 2013 season. She led the Big Ten in kills and points per set during the conference season and ended her senior year ranked ninth in hitting percentage, second in kills, and fifth in aces in the Big Ten. She was honored as the AVCA/Sports Imports Player of the Week and was named to the 2013 AVCA First-Team All-American and First Team North Region.
First presented in 1930, the Sullivan Award honors an athlete who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.