June 18, 2012
Through Monday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced live on BTN’s season-ending awards show on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Football
Ball etched his name into the record books this season as he led Wisconsin to a Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game. He tied the NCAA record for touchdowns in a season (39) and led the country in rushing yards (1,923) and yards from scrimmage (2,229). The junior was a Heisman Trophy finalist, first-team All-American, the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player and Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. He scored a conference record 33 rushing touchdowns and was twice named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Click HERE for more information on Montee.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota volleyball