Michigan State Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
Le'Veon Bell named Alderton Male Athlete of the Year; Caroline Powers and Beth Rohl named Alderton Female Co-Athletes of the Year.
June 5, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Five Michigan State University student-athletes have been recognized for excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, earning the school's highest athletic awards for 2012-13.
The awards include the George Alderton Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor, the Chester Brewer Leadership Award and Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award. A panel of administrators and head coaches selected the winners.
Junior running back Le'Veon Bell (Columbus, Ohio) was named the George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year, while senior women's golfer Caroline Powers (Bowling Green, Ohio) and senior thrower Beth Rohl (New Buffalo, Mich.) earned George Alderton Female Co-Athlete of the Year honors. It marks the fourth time that two female athletes have won the Alderton in the same year (2003: Michelle Carson and Jamie Krzyminski; 2011: Emily MacLeod and Powers; 2012: Laura Heyboer and Powers).
A first-team All-Big Ten selection and Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Bell won the Big Ten overall rushing title by averaging 137.9 yards per game, which also ranked third in the NCAA FBS. His 1,793 rushing yards ranked fifth in the NCAA FBS and marked the second-highest single-season total in MSU history. He also led the NCAA FBS in carries (382) - the third-best single-season total in school history and fourth highest in the Big Ten record book.
Powers becomes only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times (Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse, diver, 1989-91). A First-Team All-Big Ten and National Golf Coaches Association honorable mention All-America selection for the third straight year, Powers was named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year and closed her career with the lowest average in school history (74.26). She finished in the Top 10 at six tournaments this season, including a victory at the Central District Invitational, and her 73.81 scoring average was the third lowest in MSU history.
Rohl, who owns school records in the weight throw (22.31 meters/73-2½), hammer throw (62.87m/206-3) and discus (56.85m/186-6), was named the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning a gold medal at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. Rohl set a school record in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships and placed runner-up in the event. She recently won her fifth career Big Ten title in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and is set to compete at the NCAA Championships this week in Eugene, Ore.
Senior swimmer Jacob Jarzen (Jacksonville, Ill.) received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor along with Powers. The Medal of Honor is presented to a male and female senior student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.
Powers also was named the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award. She is the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year.
Senior Kevin Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) of the track and field team earned the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award.
In addition, junior forward Adreian Payne (Dayton, Ohio) and Powers were named the recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Michigan State, as previously announced by the conference office. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by the institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree and from each university's list, two outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected.
AWARD - WINNER
George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year - Le'Veon Bell (Football)
George Alderton Female Co-Athletes of the Year - Caroline Powers (Golf) and Beth Rohl (Track and Field)
Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor (Male) - Jacob Jarzen (Swimming and Diving)
Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor (Female) - Caroline Powers (Golf)
Chester Brewer Leadership Award - Caroline Powers (Golf)
Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award - Kevin Jackson (Track and Field)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (Male) - Adreian Payne (Men's Basketball)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (Female) - Caroline Powers (Golf)
GEORGE ALDERTON MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
(Presented to top male athlete of 2012-13)
WINNER: Le'Veon Bell (Football)
A first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) and Doak Walker Award semifinalist, junior running back Le'Veon Bell delivered one of the most productive offensive seasons in school history in 2012.
Bell won the Big Ten overall rushing title by averaging 137.9 yards per game, which also ranked third in the NCAA FBS, to become the first Spartan to win the Big Ten overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990. In addition, Bell's 1,793 rushing yards ranked fifth in the NCAA FBS and marked the second-highest single-season total in MSU history. He also led the NCAA FBS with 382 carries - the third-best single-season total in school history and fourth highest in the Big Ten record book. Bell accounted for 92 percent of Michigan State's rushing yards (1,793 of 1,942) and 78 percent of its rushing attempts (382 of 492) in 2012.
An All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com (first team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and SI.com (honorable mention), Bell was named recipient of the 2012 Elite Running Back Trophy (National Running Back of the Year) by the College Football Performance Awards.
The 6-foot-2, 237-pound Bell was one of just four players in the NCAA FBS to produce three 200-yard rushing games in 2012 (Toledo's David Fluellen, Air Force's Cody Getz, Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews). He also became only the second Spartan to post three 200-yard rushing games in a season (Lorenzo White: school-record four times in 1985). Bell recorded eight 100-yard rushing games - the second-highest single-season total in MSU history.
According to STATS, Bell gained 922 of his 1,793 rushing yards (51 percent) after contact, which ranked first among all NCAA FBS running backs, and broke 16 tackles. In addition, he produced 82 first downs and 34 runs of 10 or more yards, including 13 gains of 20 or more yards.
Bell ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th in the NCAA FBS in all-purpose yards, averaging 155.7 yards per game. His 2,024 all-purpose yards marked the fourth-highest single-season total in Spartan history. He also ranked among the conference leaders in rushing TDs (tied for fourth with 12) and total offense (10th at 140.2 ypg.). A complete back, his 32 receptions (167 yards) ranked fifth on the team.
The Columbus, Ohio, native produced the top single-game total in the NCAA FBS in 2012 for carries (44 vs. Boise State) and eighth-most rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota).
"We congratulate Le'Veon Bell on being selected MSU's Male Athlete of the Year," head football coach Mark Dantonio said. "In 2012, Le'Veon Bell established himself as a complete football player. He led the Big Ten and finished third in the nation with nearly 1,800 rushing yards. With more than 380 carries, Le'Veon proved his physical durability. He was an excellent pass receiver out of the backfield and a solid pass-blocker. With his versatility, Le'Veon had the ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways."
Bell was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 2013 National Football League Draft. He was the second running back chosen in the draft and was the highest drafted offensive player from Michigan State since 2008.
Bell was selected Offensive Player of the Game after accounting for 187 combined yards (rushing, passing and receiving) in the Spartans' 17-16 come-from-behind victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. He carried 32 times for 145 yards against the Horned Frogs, with 107 of those rushing yards coming in the second half including a 4-yard TD run that gave MSU its first lead at 14-13 with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter.
During the 2012 regular-season, Bell was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 31 vs. Boise State; Sept. 22 vs. Eastern Michigan; Nov. 24 vs. Minnesota). He rushed 35 times for a career-high 266 yards - the most by a Big Ten player in 2012 - and a TD in MSU's 26-10 win at Minnesota, as the Spartans became bowl eligible for a school record sixth-straight season.
Bell rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 TDs in 40 career games. He finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in rushing TDs (sixth with 33), rushing attempts (sixth with 671), rushing yards (seventh with 3,346) and all-purpose yards (ninth with 4,114). Bell had 12 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most in MSU history. Bell also had 78 career receptions for 531 yards (6.8 avg.) and one score.
PAST WINNERS - ALDERTON MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
2012-Draymond Green (basketball); 2011-Greg Jones (football); 2010-Greg Jones (football); 2009-Franklin Gomez (wrestling); 2008-Jeff Lerg (hockey); 2007-Jeff Lerg (hockey); 2006-Brad Gebauer (track and field); 2005-Nick Simmons (wrestling); 2004-Jeff Smoker (football); 2003-Charles Rogers (football); 2002-Paul Terek (track and field); 2001-Ryan Miller (hockey); 2000-Mateen Cleaves (basketball); 1999-Mateen Cleaves (basketball) and Mike York (hockey); 1998-Chad Alban (hockey); 1997-Reid Friedrichs (soccer); 1996-David Morgan (wrestling); 1995-Shawn Respert (basketball); 1994-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1993-Bryan Smolinski (hockey); 1992-Anthony Hamm (cross country/track and field); 1991-Steve Smith (basketball); 1990-Kip Miller (hockey) and Percy Snow (football); 1989-Bobby Reynolds (hockey); 1988-Todd Krumm (football/baseball); 1987-Don McSween (hockey); 1986-Mike Donnelly (hockey), Lorenzo White (football), Scott Skiles (basketball); 1985-Sam Vincent (basketball); 1984-Carl Banks (football); 1983-Ron Scott (hockey); 1982-Ron Scott (hockey).
GEORGE ALDERTON FEMALE CO-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
(Presented to top female athlete of 2012-13)
CO-WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR
(Presented to a male and female student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement)
FEMALE WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
CHESTER BREWER LEADERSHIP AWARD
(Presented to a graduating senior in his or her last year of eligibility for distinguished performance in athletics and scholarship and for possessing a high degree of leadership qualities and skill.)
WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
The most decorated women's golfer in Michigan State history, senior Caroline Powers is only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times, joining diver Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (1989-91).
Powers also was named the female winner of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award. She is the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year.
Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Powers completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore.
"This is pretty overwhelming - it's just so surreal," said Powers. "The first year I got it (the Alderton Award), I was pretty shocked. After that, I still just went about my business each day. It's exciting to see that I was able to maintain that consistency and still reach the goals that I had each year. These awards are an extra bonus for a special year.
"Coach (Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll) did a great job encouraging us that all aspects of our lives are important. I feel like the support I received at Michigan State set me up for success, everyone from coach to (assistant coach) Lorne (Don) to (academic coordinator) Melissa Tallant to T-Mac (trainer Tom Mackowiak) to my teammates. I feel like these awards are a really good reflection of the program and not just me individually. It definitely was a team effort and a lot of people have helped me get to this point."
"For everything that Caroline accomplished and represents, every decision she made, you just can't say enough good things about her," said women's golf head coach(Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "She does it with class, and she's so humble. She's received all these awards because she does what she loves to do. She loves to help people and she loved her experience at Michigan State, and it showed in everything she did these past four years."
A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. She qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals. In her senior season, Powers posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history. Powers finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year. She closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11.
Powers tied for first place at the Central District Invitational on Feb. 19 in Parrish, Fla., and also placed second at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championship in the fall. She led the team in birdies (91) and shot under-par in six rounds.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, native was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times this season and six times in her career, which is third most in conference history.
Powers placed in the top five in 14 career tournaments and in the top 10 on 21 occasions, including three tournament victories (2011 Lady Buckeye Invitational, 2011 Mary Fossum Invitational, 2013 Central District Invitational).
In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. She was recently named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.
In addition, Powers was the recipient of Michigan State's Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award. The award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach. As the President of the 2012-13 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Powers actively participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing area, including March is Reading Month, Chuck A Puck, Teddy Bear Toss, and the Student-Athlete Food Drive.
This marks the seventh time a women's golfer has won the Alderton Award (Powers, 2011-13; Sara Brown, 2007-08; Emily Bastel, 2000, 2002).
PAST WINNERS - BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR FEMALE WINNERS:
2012-Jenilee Rathje (volleyball); 2011-Aimee Neff (golf); 2010-Allyssa DeHaan (basketball); 2009-Sara Schmidt (rowing); 2008-Kate Burdick (rowing); 2007-Kristen Coleman (gymnastics); 2006-Liz Shimek (basketball); 2005-Veerle Goudswaard (field hockey); 2004-Michelle Carson (cross country/track & field); 2003-Stephanie Anisko (swimming & diving); 2002-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving) and Krista Buzzell (crew); 2001-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving); 2000-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving); 1999-Carrie Carpenter (softball); 1998-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1997-Val Sterk (volleyball); 1996-Patti Raduenz (softball); 1995-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1994-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1993-Ruth Aguayo (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Emily Coatney (soccer); 1990-Eileen Shea (basketball); 1989-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1988-Kim Hartwick (gymnastics); 1987-Lisa Marino (golf); 1986-Julie Polakowski (basketball); 1985-Kelly Belanger (basketball); 1984-Anne Pewe (cross country/track & field); 1983-Karen Wells (basketball); 1982-Lisa Speaker (golf).
PAST WINNERS - CHESTER BREWER LEADERSHIP AWARD:
2012-Kirk Cousins (football); 2011-Brandon Eckerle (baseball); 2010-Kelly Moffitt (gymnastics); 2009-Jeff Lerg (hockey); 2008-Ryan Brehm (golf); 2007-Taren James (track and field); 2006-R.J. Boudro (wrestling); 2005-Kristin Haynie (basketball); 2004-Allison Fouch (golf); 2003-Sandy Lewis (softball); 2002-Adam Hall (hockey); 2001-Ann Cieszkowski (soccer); 2000-Leah Nilsson (cross country/track & field); 1999-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1998-Kyle Baker (cross country); 1997-Dana Cooke (volleyball) and Tamika Matlock (basketball); 1996-Courtney DeBolt (volleyball); 1995-Eric Snow (basketball); 1994-Rob Fredrickson (football); 1993-Steve Johnson (baseball); 1992-Mike Gilmore (hockey); 1991-Becky Belanger (volleyball) and Eileen Shea (basketball); 1990-Chris Willertz (football); 1989-Sheila Ovenhouse (softball); 1988-Pat Shurmur (football); 1987-Shane Bullough (football); 1986-Anthony Bell (football); 1985-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Eliot Tabron (track & field); 1982-Shawn White (wrestling); 1981-Ray Stachowicz (football); 1980-Terry Donnelly (basketball); 1979-Rodger Bastien (baseball); 1978-Jeff Rudolph (gymnastics); 1977-Gary Domagalski (golf); 1976-Thomas Ross (hockey); 1975-No Award Presented; 1974-Val Washington (lacrosse); 1973-Jerry Sackmann (baseball); 1972-Greg Johnson (wrestling); 1971-Kim Hartman (cross country/track); 1970-Ronald Saul (football); 1969-Toby Towson (gymnastics); 1968-John Bailey (basketball/golf); 1967-Gary Dilley (swimming); 1966-Payton Fuller (soccer), James Curzi (gymnastics); 1965-Douglas Roberts (hockey/football); 1964-Sherman Lewis (track/football); 1963-George Azar (football/baseball); 1962-Stephen Johnson (gymnastics); 1961-William Steuart (swimming); 1960-Crawford "Forddy" Kennedy (cross country/track); 1959-Sam Williams (football); 1958-Dave Lean (track/cross country); 1957-Pat Wilson (football/basketball); 1956-Earl Morrall (football/baseball); 1955-John Matsock (football/baseball); 1954-Tom Yewcic (football/baseball); 1953-Bert McLachlan (swimming); 1952-Robert Carey (football/track/basketball); 1951-Everett Grandelius (football).
GEORGE ALDERTON FEMALE CO-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
(Presented to top female athlete of 2012-13)
CO-WINNER: Beth Rohl (Track and Field)
Senior Beth Rohl, who will leave Michigan State as the best female thrower in school history, earned top national and conference honors for the both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Kicking off her senior season, Rohl earned the honor of 2013 Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning a gold medal in the weight throw competition with a then career-best mark of 22.17 meters/72-9 feet to set a new school record. It marked the second Big Ten Indoor title of her career in the weight throw, as she claimed her first indoor weight throw title in 2009.
The New Buffalo, Mich., native ended her indoor career with a bang, winning a silver medal at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw. For the third time in the 2013 season, Rohl broke her own school record and the 73-feet mark with a throw of 22.31m/73-2½. Though she entered the competition ranked third in the country, Rohl surpassed the second-ranked athlete in the nation with her record-setting mark. It was her third trip to the national indoor championship meet and the highest finish of her career.
Building on the stellar indoor season, Rohl recently won her fifth career Big Ten title in the discus among a highly competitive field at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. As the Big Ten discus record holder, she earned her fifth Big Ten outdoor medal of her career.
Rohl graduates as the school-record holder in the weight throw (22.31m/73-2½), the hammer throw (62.87m/206-3) and the discus (56.85m/186-6). For her accomplishments at the national championships, she is a three-time outdoor USTFCCCA First-Team All-American and four-time indoor All-American.
A breakout Spartan in 2009, Rohl was named Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year after winning the weight throw with a toss of 19.06m (62-6 ½) and became the first Spartan since Susan Francis in 1991 to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Rohl also was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, becoming the first freshman in school history to earn All-Big Ten Indoor honors.
Adding to her conference honors, Rohl was chosen as the 2011 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to ever be named Big Ten Athlete of the Year or Big Ten Athlete of the Championships in either track or field.
Rohl represented Michigan State at the 2012 Olympic Trials, qualifying for the finals in the discus throw with a personal record 57.82m/189-8.
She also competed at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships. As the top American finisher, she captured the bronze medal as a member of the United States Junior National Team with a distance of 54.24m/177-11 in the hammer throw.
Rohl is set to leave Michigan State on a high note as she is seeded No. 2 in the discus throw at the 2013 NCAA Championships. It is her fourth and final trip to the national meet, as she finished a career-high fourth in the discus in 2012. With the chance of a national title a large possibility, Rohl is set to compete in the event on Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. ET in Eugene, Ore.
"I think this is a well-earned honor for Beth," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth. "I really believe that her earning this cooperatively with Caroline Powers is appropriate. Beth is the Big Ten record holder in the discus and historically, that's a pretty competitive group. To be the best person ever in the Big Ten says a lot. It represents her senior year, but it also represents her career here in some respects because she has consistently gotten better and consistently led not only the Big Ten but also the nation in the events that she's competed in. We're really proud of Beth's accomplishments."
PAST WINNERS - ALDERTON FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
2012-Laura Heyboer (soccer) and Caroline Powers (golf); 2011-Emily MacLeod (cross country/track) and Caroline Powers (golf); 2010-Floor Rijpma (field hockey); 2009-Nicole Bush (cross country/track & field); 2008-Sara Brown (golf); 2007-Sara Brown (golf); 2006-Liz Shimek (basketball); 2005-Kristin Haynie (basketball); 2004-Jamie Krzyminski (cross country/track & field); 2003-Michelle Carson (cross country) and Jamie Krzyminski (cross country/track & field); 2002-Emily Bastel (golf); 2001-Summer Mitchell (swimming & diving); 2000-Emily Bastel (golf); 1999-Carrie Carpenter (softball); 1998-Jill Lusher (field hockey); 1997-Sevatheda Fynes (track & field); 1996-Val Sterk (volleyball); 1995-Karen Winslow (soccer); 1994-Susan Francis (track & field); 1993-Jodi Blotcher (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (swimming & diving); 1990-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1989-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1988-Michelle Ingalls (gymnastics); 1987-Odessa Smalls (track & field); 1986-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1985-Kelly Becker (volleyball); 1984-Deanne Moore (softball); 1983-Judi Brown (track & field); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field).
BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR
(Presented to a male and female student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement)
MALE WINNER: Jacob Jarzen (Swimming and Diving)
Among the elite collegiate swimmers in the nation, Jacob Jarzen is one of the most accomplished swimmers in Michigan State history, holding six individual school records. He also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
A three-time Michigan State Swimmer of the Year, Jarzen was one of only 30 NCAA invitees who competed in the maximum of three events at the 2013 NCAA Championships (100 butterfly, 100 and 200 backstroke).
Jarzen broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, turning in a time of 46.08 in the finals. The two-time CSCAA honorable mention All-American also owns school records in the 100 freestyle (43.70), 200 freestyle (1:35.73), 100 backstroke (46.68), 200 backstroke (1:42.19) and 200 individual medley (1:46.60). In addition, he was a member of the school-record 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
A four-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Jarzen was the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2010.
Jarzen, who was named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Team by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), owns a 3.52 GPA in human biology and is scheduled to graduate next December.
"This is really a privilege and a honor to receive this award," said Jarzen. "It's nice to get recognized, both athletically and academically, after putting in so much hard work over the past four years. I took a lot of pride in representing Michigan State and the men's swimming program throughout my career. Coach G (head swimming and diving coach Matt Gianiodis) really pushed me and motivated me every practice to get to the next level, and (academic coordinator) Jeremy Flynn also was a huge help and had a big influence on me. There's nothing I can be but happy about my experiences at Michigan State."
"For Jacob to go out like this is fantastic," said head swimming and diving coach Matt Gianiodis. "His impact on our program has been huge. I think he could have collected these awards at other schools, but I don't think he would have had such an impact like he did here at Michigan State. He really has raised the level of our program in the last four years. It seems like he's been here a long time, and part of that is that every single year he's done something really well.
"He never really had an adjustment period into the Big Ten Conference, which is very rare. When you win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award it puts a lot of pressure on you, but he was unflappable the whole time and was never affected by any of that stuff. He's really well-grounded, has his priorities straight, and has great perspective on what's important to him."
PAST WINNERS - BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR MALE WINNERS:
2012-Kirk Cousins (football); 2011-Brandon Eckerle (baseball); 2010-Blair White (football); 2009-Doug DeMartin (soccer); 2008-Drew Neitzel (basketball); 2007-Drew Stanton (football); 2006-Drew Stanton (football); 2005-Chris Hill (basketball); 2004-Steve Manz (track and field); 2003-Tyler Robinson (soccer); 2002-Josh Thornhill (football); 2001-Shaun Mason (football); 2000-Shawn Horcoff (hockey); 1999-Steve Schell (cross country/track & field); 1998-Tyler Harlton (hockey); 1997-Tyler Harlton (hockey); 1996-Brian Picklo (wrestling); 1995-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1994-Steve Wasylk (football); 1993-Dave Smith (cross country/track & field); 1992-Stuart Hirschman (baseball); 1991-Walt Bartels (hockey); 1990-Walt Bartels (hockey); 1989-Danton Cole (hockey); 1988-Michael Davidson (baseball); 1987-Dean Altobelli (football); 1986-Don McSween (hockey); 1985-Carlton Evans (lacrosse); 1984-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1983-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1982-Morten Andersen (football); 1981-Jay Vincent (basketball); 1980-Mark Brammer (football); 1979-Gregory Kelser (basketball); 1978-Larry Bethea (football); 1977-Tyrone Willingham (football/baseball); 1976-Pat Milkovich (wrestling); 1975-Dennis Olmstead (hockey); 1974-Robert Cassleman (track); 1973-Kenneth Popejoy (track); 1972-Herb Washington (track); 1971-Thomas Muir (wrestling); 1970-Richard Saul (football); 1969-Allen Brenner (football); 1968-Dale Anderson (wrestling); 1967-Eugene Washington (football, track); 1966-Steve Juday (football); 1965-David Price (gymnastics); 1964-George (Pete) Gent (basketball); 1963-Richard Schloemer (fencing); 1962-Edward Ryan (football); 1961-William Reynolds (track/cross country); 1960-Stan Tarshis (gymnastics); 1959-Robert Anderegg (basketball); 1958-Robert Jasson (hockey); 1957-Selwyn Jones (track); 1956-Carl Nystrom (football); 1955-Kevan Gosper (track); 1954-Robert Hoke (wrestling); 1953-John Wilson (football); 1952-Orris Bender (wrestling); 1951-Everett Grandelius (football).
DR. JAMES FEURIG ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD
(Presented to a male or female graduating senior involved in athletics as a competitor or in a supporting role. The recipient should carry a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better, and in addition to athletic and academic success, demonstrate involvement in school/campus and community activities.)
WINNER: Kevin Jackson (Track and Field)
Twice named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, senior Kevin Jackson excelled not only on the field, but made a significant impact in the classroom and the community.
Graduating from Martin Luther King High School, the Detroit native recorded a career-best mark of 2.13m/6-11¾ in the high jump event and holds the highest jump on the team this season of 2.05m/6-8¾. As a three-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, Jackson has shown an outstanding commitment to the overall mission of Student-Athlete Support Services at Michigan State.
A two-time NCAA East preliminary-round qualifier in the high jump, Jackson was the recipient of the 2013 MSU Multicultural Award, presented to the student-athlete who promotes inclusion as well as exhibits strong leadership in the areas of community service and diversity programming.
Jackson also served as the MSU representative to the Big Ten SAAC and was a 2011 NCAA Leadership Forum participant. He involves himself in a variety of outreach activities while also serving as a leader and role model to other student-athletes. As a public administration and public policy major, the three-time letterwinner graduated in May and is planning to attend law school in the fall.
"Kevin speaks to the fact that we are not just students, we are not just athletes, but we are well-rounded and he exemplifies that," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Walt Drenth. "He's been an outstanding leader and he's a tremendous person. You come across people like that and you know that this is just the start of his leadership. He's going to be a community leader wherever he ends up. He has the attributes, he has the personal skills, he has the intellect, he has every trait necessary to be an outstanding leader. It's a well-earned and well-deserved honor."
FEURIG ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD PAST WINNERS:
2012-Jenilee Rathje (volleyball); 2011-Jenilee Rathje (volleyball); 2010-Ross Weaver (football); 2009-Katlyn Roggensack (gymnastics); 2008-Matthew McNichols (swimming & diving); 2007-John Masters (football); 2006-Taren James (track and field); 2005-Erin Carlson (soccer); 2004-Joe Tate (football); 2003-Brad Fast (hockey); 2002-Adam Hall (hockey); 2001-Deb White (field hockey); 2000-Jennifer Hanink (soccer); 1999-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1998-Dave Mudge (football); 1997-Stephanie Dueringer (cross country/track & field); 1996-Susan Gibson (soccer); 1995-Angela Howard (gymnastics); 1994-Mill Coleman (football); 1993-Molly West (tennis) and Chris Brown (track & field); 1992-Matt Steigenga (basketball); 1991-Jason Muzzatti (hockey); 1990-Dawna Wilson (gymnastics) and Todd Mercer (swimming & diving); 1989-Kelly Collister (volleyball); 1988-Keiko Timmerman (gymnastics); 1987-Kristen Nelson (swimming & diving) and Barry Fordham (basketball); 1986-John Wojciehowski (football); 1985-Bob Fossum (golf) and Riney Wilke (lacrosse); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Syd Wells (golf); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field); 1981-Ivan Merritt (gymnastics); 1980-Michael Longaker (basketball); 1979-Kevin Willitts (lacrosse); 1978-Joan Garety (golf); 1977-Herb Lindsay (track/cross country).
BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
(One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by the institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree and from each university's list, two outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.)
MALE WINNER: Adreian Payne (Basketball)
FEMALE WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)