Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Damien Williams (26) runs with the ball with a lead block from center Gabe Ikard (64) against the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Sportspersons Of The Year Announced

Oklahoma football player Gabe Ikard and Baylor softball star Whitney Canion have been named the 2013-14 Big 12 Sportspersons of the Year, Big 12 officials announced Thursday.

First presented in 2000-01, the Sportsperson of the Year award honors the male and female student athlete in the Big 12 who display extraordinary sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. The winners were selected from nine male and nine female nominees, by a panel of media representatives.

Canion, a senior on the Lady Bears second-place softball team in the Big 12 this season, came back from two potential career-ending injuries, to become the most decorated softball player in Baylor history.

She is the all-time career leader in practically every pitching statistical category. including victories and strikeouts. Canion became the school’s first All-America First Team selection in the pitching circle in 2014, and led her team to the Women’s College World Series for the second time in her six seasons at Baylor.canion-feb14

Canion, who hails from Aledo, Texas, is an active volunteer in the Central Texas community and was a semifinalist in 2014 for the Wooden Citizenship Cup award. She is a past president of the Baylor Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been a member of the Baylor Sports Management Association the past two years.

She has an undergraduate degree in business administration in management and marketing.

Ikard was a team captain of the Oklahoma football team in 2013. He quickly became the voice and face of the Sooners, setting an example for his teammates of how to handle difficult questions by supporting the OU quarterbacks, his coaches and the decisions that were made throughout the season.

The OU team leader earned his undergraduate degree in May 2013 with a 4.00 grade average and special distinction honors. He was the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for football and is the first OU  student athlete in football to be named Capital One Co/SIDA Academic All-America three times

Ikard was a leader in community service activities and was names 2013 Big Man on Campus, a distinction reserved for those who are among the best in academics, campus participation, leadership or community service.


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