FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas student-athletes and coaches will gather for a star-studded affair to help celebrate a memorable year in Razorback Athletics on Wednesday night at the 2013 HOGSPY Awards at the Walton Arts Center. The evening will include a Red Carpet arrival and a formal awards show beginning at 8 p.m. Fans can watch a free live web stream of the awards show on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
The 2013 HOGSPY Awards will be hosted by former Razorback and ESPN college basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes. Members of the University of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will once serve as award presenters. The HOGSPY Awards are made possible in part by a gift from Jeff Fox of the Circumference Group. This is the second year of the event.
The HOGSPY Awards will recognize the best in athletics, academics, leadership and community service from April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013. Individual awards to be presented include male and female recipients in the categories of student-athlete of the year, rookie of the year, scholar-athlete of the year, distinguished leaders of the year and the Burlsworth Award. Team awards will recognize the academic teams of the year, the Hog Tough performances of the year, the greatest comebacks and the top athletic teams of the year.
Below are the finalists for the 2013 HOGSPY awards:
Rookies of the Year(First-year student-athletes who demonstrated outstanding athletic performance during competition)
Female:Sydnie Dillard — GymnasticsAshleigh Ellenwood- SoccerLiz Fortado — VolleyballGabriela Lopez — Women’s GolfDevon Wallace – Softball
Male:Rohan Gaines — FootballJarrion Lawson — Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Heart of the Hog Award(Student-athlete who is considered the heart of the team because of their outstanding leadership both in and out of competition)Josh Eure — Men’s GolfErin Gatling — Women’s BasketballKikko Haydar — Men’s BasketballClaudine Paulson — Women’s TennisMegan Pearson — SoftballJake Wise — Baseball
Hog Tough Award(Honors a noteworthy game or competition where a team made an exciting comeback and earned a victory)Baseball (2012 Waco Super Regional)Men’s Basketball (2013 comeback win over Missouri)Soccer (2012 vs. Tennessee)Men’s Indoor Track and Field (2013 NCAA Championship)Women’s Indoor Track and Field (2013 SEC Championship)
Comeback Student-Athlete(Honors a standout student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding resilience to overcome a significant obstacle or setback in order to have a profound contribution during athletic competition)Tarik Batchelor — Men’s Track and FieldTera Bradham — Swimming and DivingJordan Salsberg — GymnasticsAllie Tripp — SoccerMatt Vinson — BaseballMarshawn Powell — Men’s Basketball
Brandon Burlsworth Award(Honors student-athletes who exhibit excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and community service) Female:Courtney Hubbard — Swimming and DivingIvanique Kemp — Women’s Track and FieldKelci Lewis — Gymnastics
Male:Cameron Bryan — FootballCaleb Cross — Men’s Track and FieldMatt Vinson — Baseball
Play of the Year(Honors an outstanding play, moment or performance)Coty Clarke — Men’s Basketball (2013 performance vs. Florida)Marek Nitt, Neil Braddy, Caleb Cross and Akheem Gauntlett — 4×400 Relay Team (2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship)Tori Mort — Softball (catch vs. No. 1 California in 2012 NCAA Regional)Regina George — Women’s Track and Field (2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championship)Victor Hoang — Men’s Tennis (Dual match vs. Purdue)Susanna White — Swimming and Diving (Tri-meet performance against Florida State and South Carolina)
Scholar-Athletes of the YearFemale:Amanda Anderson — VolleyballNikki Daniels — Swimming and DivingKelci Lewis — GymnasticsHope McLemore — SoftballVictoria Vela — Women’s Golf
Male:Dylan Breeding — FootballNathanael Franks — Men’s Indoor Track and FieldKikko Haydar — Men’s Basketball
Student-Athletes of the YearFemale:Roslandy Acosta — VolleyballMakeba Alcide — Women’s Indoor Track and FieldNikki Daniels — Swimming and DivingJasmine Norton — VolleyballEmily Tubert — Women’s Golf
Male:Andrew Irwin — Men’s Indoor Track and FieldKevin Lazas — Men’s Indoor Track and FieldMarshawn Powell — Men’s BasketballMatt Reynolds — BaseballTyler Wilson – Football