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:
Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska track & field