Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee Spotlight - David Taylor (Penn State)

Taylor received the 2014 Hodge Trophy as the nation's top wrestler and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the third time in his career.

Taylor received the 2014 Hodge Trophy as the nation's top wrestler and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the third time in his career.

June 22, 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.

David Taylor – Penn State – Wrestling

Taylor received the 2014 Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top wrestler and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the third time in his career. He became Penn State’s first-ever four-time NCAA finalist and won his second NCAA individual title at 165, leading Penn State to its fourth-straight NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City in March. His other accolades in 2014 included being named an All-American for the fourth time in his career, the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award and the NCAA Championships Outstanding Wrestler laurel. Taylor leaves Penn State as a member of four NCAA Championship teams and four Big Ten Championship teams. He never lost in a dual meet and was a perfect 56-0 all-time against Big Ten competition. Click HERE for more information on David.

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

Ellis Mannon, Minnesota gymnastics

Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern lacrosse

Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern wrestling

Jannelle Flaws, Illinois soccer

Jesse Delgado, Illinois wrestling

Deja McClendon, Penn State volleyball