ISU Names Top 2004-05 Student-Athletes

Rarely are the choices for such honors as cut-and-dried as they were this year. It was a banner year for Cyclone sports, but two individual performances stood out above all the rest.

First-team all-Big 12 Conference cornerback Ellis Hobbs and first-team all-Big 12 Conference guard Anne O'Neil were named Iowa State's 2005 male and female athletes of the year, the ISU awards committee announced today.

Hobbs, a senior from DeSoto, Texas, provided inspired leadership to the 2004 football team, helping the Cyclones tie for the Big 12 North title and secure their fourth bowl appearance in five seasons. Hobbs, who ended the season earning first-team all-league honors from both the AP and coaches, was ISU's shutdown corner, coming up with numerous big plays throughout the season. He picked off five passes last year, the most for an ISU player since Barry Hill intercepted nine in 1974. His interception in the final minute of the Independence Bowl against Miami University sealed ISU's second bowl win in school history. He totaled nine career interceptions, which tied him for sixth on the ISU school record charts. The New England Patriots selected Hobbs as the 84th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft in April.

O'Neil's outstanding senior season helped ISU achieve a 23-7 overall mark and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, O'Neil led ISU with a 16.6 ppg scoring average and was one of the best shooters in the nation, hitting 49.6 percent (58-117) of her shots from 3-point range and 85.5 percent (124-145) from the charity stripe. She earned first-team all-Big 12, honorable mention All-America and first-team academic All-America honors last season, ending her career as the 11th-best scorer in school history with 1,186 points. She was recently drafted in the third round (30th pick) of the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.

Other nominees for male student-athlete of the were Jared Homan (basketball), Nate Gallick (wrestling) and Oliver Koenig (track & field). Louise Kenney (golf), Janet Anson (gymnastics), Ada Anderson (track & field), Jill Palen (tennis) and Nicole Lorenzen (volleyball) were among the nominees for female student-athlete of the year.

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