Wisconsin Player of the Year Finalists

Big Ten Directors of Athletics approved a recommendation of the sports information directors to establish a Big Ten Athlete of the Year named for Jesse Owens, Big Ten - Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award beginning in 1982. Indiana track performer Jim Spivey was the initial award winner.

In 1983, the Directors of Athletics approved a separate athlete of the year award for women's athletics. In 1991-92, the women's award was renamed the Big Ten - Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the Conference.

1982 David Greenwood, football and track  
1983 Marc Behrend, hockey Cathy Branta, track and cross country
1984 Al Toon, football and track Cathy Branta, track and field
1985 Wayne Roby, trackand field #Cathy Branta, track and field
1986 Tim Hacker, track and cross country #Stephanie Herbst, track and cross country
1987 Nate Odomes, football and track Suzy Favor, track and cross country
1988 Paul Gruber, football #Suzy Favor, track and cross country
1989 Dave Lee, wrestling #Suzy Favor, track and cross country
1990 Gary Shuchuk, ice hockey #Suzy Favor, track and cross country
1991 Matt Demaray, wrestling Lisa Boyd, volleyball
1992 Troy Vincent, football Heather Taggart, soccer
1993 Donovan Bergstrom, track/cross country Claire Eichner, track/cross country
1994 Brent Moss, football Amy Wickus, track and cross country
1995 Jason Casiano, track and cross country Amy Wickus, track and cross country
1996 Scott Lamphear, soccer Kathy Butler, track and cross country
1997 Ron Dayne, football #Kathy Butler, track
1998 Eric Jetton, wrestling Angi Kujak, cross country/track and field
1999 Matt Downin, cross country/track and field Jenelle Deatherage, cross country/track and field
2000 *Ron Dayne, football Erica Palmer, cross country
2001 Don Pritzlaff, wrestling Sherisa Livingston, volleyball
2002 Lee Evans, football Lizzy Fitzgerald, volleyball
2003 Matt Tegenkamp, track & field/cross country Carly Piper, swimming
2004 Devin Harris, basketball Bethany Pendleton, swimming & diving
2005 Simon Bairu, cross country/track Carly Piper, swimming
2006Simon Bairu, cross country/trackSara Bauer, ice hockey
2007Alando Tucker, basketballSara Bauer, ice hockey
2008Travis Beckum, footballJolene Anderson, basketball
* Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year
# Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year

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