June 14, 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.
Colleen Ward – Illinois – Volleyball
Ward led the Illini to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament and a 32-5 overall record. A first-team All American, she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament, All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region teams. Ward led Illinois with 20 aces and helped the team to its first ever No. 1 ranking in the AVCA Coaches poll. Click HERE for more information on Colleen.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey
Matt McDonough, Iowa wrestling
Kevin Plawecki, Purdue baseball
Ariel Turner, Purdue volleyball
Draymond Green, Michigan State basketball
Caroline Powers, Michigan State golf
Tony Nelson, Minnesota wrestler
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota volleyball
Lavonte David, Nebraska football
Ashley Miller, Nebraska track
Andrew Riley, Illinois track