Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award

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Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award
Awarded forbest male college athlete
LocationMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles (2017)[1]
Presented byESPN
First awarded2002
Currently held byDeshaun Watson (USA)
Websitewww.espn.co.uk/espys/

The Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award was an annual award honoring the achievements of a male individual from the world of collegiate sports.[2] It was first presented as part of the ESPY Awards in 2002, following the subsumption of the Best College Football Player and Best Male College Basketball Player ESPY Awards, each of which Best Male College Basketball Player ESPY Award were presented annually between 1993 and 2001, inclusive.[3] The Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award trophy, designed by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan,[4] was awarded to the sportsman adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year of those contesting collegiate sport in the United States through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[2]

From 2004 until its subsumption with the Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award to create the Best College Athlete ESPY Award for the 2018 ceremony,[5] the winner was chosen by online voting through choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.[6] Before that, determination of the winners was made by an panel of experts.[7] Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in July and reflect performance from the June previous.[a][8]

The inaugural winner of the Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award in 2002 was Iowa State Cyclones wrestler Cael Sanderson who ended his collegiate career that year.[9] In that period, he surpassed numerous NCAA records, clinched four NCAA wrestling championships, and went 159–0 undefeated in his final season.[10] Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow received the trophy in 2008, and won it again the following year, becoming the only sportsman in the history of the award to have won it more than once.[11] American footballers have been the most successful at the awards with eight victories and thirteen nominations, closely followed by Basketball players who have been recognised on seven occasions, and were nominated a further eighteen times. The 2017 (and final) winner of the Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award was Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson who was announced as the winner at the Microsoft Theater.[12]

List of winners[edit]

Year Image Winner University Sport Other nominees Ref(s)
2002 Cael Sanderson Iowa State Cyclones Wrestling Shane BattierDuke Blue Devils (Basketball)
Eric CrouchNebraska Cornhuskers (American football)
Juan DixonMaryland Terrapins (Basketball)
Jay WilliamsDuke Blue Devils (Basketball)
[9][13]
2003 Carmelo Anthony in 2011 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse Orangemen Basketball T. J. FordTexas Longhorns (Basketball)
Eric LarkinArizona State Sun Devils (Wrestling)
Carson PalmerUSC Trojans (American football)
[14]
2004 Emeka Okafor playing for the Washington Wizards in 2012 Emeka Okafor Connecticut Huskies Basketball Larry FitzgeraldPittsburgh Panthers (American football)
Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph's Hawks (Basketball)
Jason WhiteOklahoma Sooners (American football)
[15][16]
2005 =Matt Leinart holding a championship trophy above his head in 2005 Matt Leinart USC Trojans American football Andrew BogutUtah Utes (Basketball)
Alex GordonNebraska Cornhuskers (Baseball)
Steve MoccoOklahoma State Cowboys (Wrestling)
Marty SertichColorado College Tigers (Ice hockey)
[17][18]
2006 Reggie Bush in 2009 Reggie Bush USC Trojans American football Matt LeinartUSC Trojans (American football)
Adam MorrisonGonzaga Bulldogs (Basketball)
J. J. RedickDuke Blue Devils (Basketball)
Vince YoungTexas Longhorns (American football)
[19][20]
2007 Kevin Durant playing for the Texas Longhorns in 2007 Kevin Durant Texas Longhorns Basketball Ben AskrenMissouri Tigers (Wrestling)
Greg OdenOhio State Buckeyes (Basketball)
Troy SmithOhio State Buckeyes (American football)
[21][22]
2008 Tim Tebow in 2007 Tim Tebow Florida Gators American football Michael BeasleyKansas State Wildcats (Basketball)
Tyler HansbroughNorth Carolina Tar Heels (Basketball)
[23][24]
2009 Tim Tebow at the White House in 2009 Tim Tebow Florida Gators American football Sam BradfordOklahoma Sooners (American football)
Matt GilroyBoston University Terriers (Ice hockey)
Blake GriffinOklahoma Sooners (Basketball)
Stephen StrasburgSan Diego State Aztecs (Baseball)
[11]
2010 John Wall playing for the Washington Wizards in 2010 John Wall Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Blake GeoffrionWisconsin Badgers (Ice hockey)
Mark Ingram Jr.Alabama Crimson Tide (American football)
Evan TurnerOhio State Buckeyes (Basketball)
Garrett WittelsFIU Panthers (Baseball)
[25]
2011 Jimmer Fredette playing for the Sacramento Kings in 2013 Jimmer Fredette BYU Cougars Basketball Andy MieleMiami RedHawks (Ice hockey)
Cam NewtonAuburn Tigers (American football)
Rob PannellCornell Big Red (Lacrosse)
Kemba WalkerConnecticut Huskies (Basketball)
[26]
2012 Robert Griffin III attending the 2012 NFL Draft Robert Griffin III Baylor Bears American football Jack ConnollyMinnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (Ice hockey)
Anthony DavisKentucky Wildcats (Basketball)
Andrew LuckStanford Cardinal (American football)
Mike ZuninoFlorida Gators (Baseball)
[27][28]
2013 Johnny Manziel training for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Aggies American football Trey BurkeMichigan Wolverines (Basketball)
Kyle DakeCornell Big Red (Wrestling)
Drew LeBlancSt. Cloud State Huskies (Ice hockey)
[29][30]
2014 Doug McDermott scoring in a basketball game in 2014 Doug McDermott Creighton Bluejays Basketball Johnny GaudreauBoston College Eagles (Ice hockey)
David TaylorPenn State Nittany Lions (Wrestling)
Lyle ThompsonAlbany Great Danes (Lacrosse)
Jameis WinstonFlorida State Seminoles (American football)
[31]
2015 Marcus Mariota playing for the Oregon Ducks football team in 2013 Marcus Mariota Oregon Ducks American Football Jack EichelBoston University Terriers (Ice hockey)
Frank KaminskyWisconsin Badgers (Basketball)
Logan StieberOhio State Buckeyes (Wrestling)
Dansby SwansonVanderbilt Commodores (Baseball)
[32]
2016 Buddy Hield playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in a basketball game in 2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Alex DieringerOklahoma State Cowboys (Wrestling)
Derrick HenryAlabama Crimson Tide (American football)
Jarrion LawsonArkansas Razorbacks (Track and field)
Jordan MorrisStanford Cardinal (Soccer)
[33]
2017 Deshaun Watson in 2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson Tigers American football Ian HarkesWake Forest Demon Deacons (Soccer)
Frank Mason IIIKansas Jayhawks (Basketball)
Matt RamboMaryland Terrapins (Lacrosse)
Zain RetherfordPenn State Nittany Lions (Wrestling)
[12]

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.[8]

References[edit]

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