Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee Spotlight - Ellis Mannon (Minnesota)

Mannon won Minnesota's first NCAA title on pommel horse since 2002.

June 20, 2014

Through Monday, the Big Ten will highlight the student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on BTN.

Ellis Mannon – Minnesota – Gymnastics

After finishing as the pommel horse national runner-up his sophomore year, Mannon took home top honors in 2014. The junior posted a score of 15.425, his second-highest score of the season, to win Minnesota's first pommel horse NCAA title since 2002. He was named an All-American for his finish at the NCAA Championships. During his junior year, Mannon also claimed the Big Ten pommel horse championship and earned a place on the All-Big Ten first team. Mannon scored the third-highest NCAA men's pommel horse score of all time early in the season with a 15.950 at the Windy City Invitational. Click HERE for more information on Ellis.

Previously Highlighted Nominees:

Natalie Cafone, Iowa field hockey

Tony Ramos, Iowa wrestling

Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State golf

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State football

Dani Bunch, Purdue track & field

Raheem Mostert, Purdue track & field/football

Emily Wong, Nebraska gymnastics



Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska track & field

Catherine Shields, Ohio State rowing

Logan Stieber, Ohio State wrestling

Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin hockey

Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin track & field

Lindsay Mable, Minnesota gymnastics