MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Brandon Bass (Basketball) – Bass
averaged 17.1 point and 9.1 rebounds per game in leading the Tigers to the SEC
Western Division title. The
Marcus Spears (Sr. Football) – A
consensus all-American in 2004, Spears was a semifinalist for the Bednarik
Award, Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award. In a four-year career, the
Ryan Patterson (Sr. Baseball) – Led LSU by batting .369 (92-for-249) on the year with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 74 runs and 56 RBI. Patterson was voted a first team all-American by a variety of organizations and was runner up for SEC Player of the Year.
Ken Skupski (Soph. Tennis) – Named Louisiana Player of the Year, he notched a 24-13 record, including 11 wins over ranked opponents and teamed with Mark Growcutt on an all-American doubles team.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Seimone Augustus (Jr. Basketball) – The
consensus National Player of the Year, Augustus finished the year averaging 20.1
points and 4.6 rebounds per game. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 33-3
overall record, a second straight trip to the NCAA Final Four and the school's
first Southeastern Conference regular season title. The
April Burkholder (Jr. Gymnastics) – Already the most decorated gymnast in LSU history, April Burkholder had another superb season being named an all-American as well as SEC Gymnast of the Year. Burkholder help lead the Tigers to an NCAA regional championship as well as the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking.
Temeka Johnson (Sr. Basketball) – Johnson will go down as one of the most celebrated point guards in SEC women's basketball history. In helping lead the Lady Tigers to a 33-3 record and their second straight Final Four appearance, Johnson averaged 10.4 points and was second in the nation with 7.7 assists per game. Johnson also became the SEC's career assist leader and finished her career ranked fifth in NCAA history in assists.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Pokey Chatman (Basketball) – The SEC Coach of the Year, Chatman, in her first year as head coach, led the Lady Tigers to the best record in school history (33-3), the program' first outright SEC regular season as well as a second straight berth in the NCAA Final Four. She was named the National Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, Naismith and the WBCA and was selected as an assistant for the 2005 USA Basketball World University Games team.
Nick Saban (Football) – A year after
leading the Tigers to the program's first national title in 45 years, fifth-year
coach Nick Saban had LSU back in a New Year's Bowl game for the fourth straight
season. Leading the Tigers to a 9-3 overall record and a berth in the CapitalOne
Bowl, Saban left LSU to take the job as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. In
his career in
John Brady (Basketball) – Picked third in the SEC Western Division in the preseason, John Brady led his LSU Tigers to the divisional title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. After opening the season 6-5, the Tigers put together a sparkling run through the remainder of the regular season finishing the season with a 14-5 tally to complete the year with a 20-10 record.
D-D Breaux (Gymnastics) – In a 28-year career at LSU, D-D Breaux's gymnasts have always been good, but in 2005 the Tigers finally reached number one. For the first time in the program's history, LSU topped the polls for a number of weeks. The Tigers finished second at the SEC Championships behind eventual national champion Georgia and fell a spot short of the elusive Super Six.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Glen Davis (Basketball) – Voted the
SEC's Freshman of the Year, Glen Davis made quite a splash on the SEC basketball
scene in 2004-05. At 6-9, 315 pounds, the
Sylvia Fowles (Basketball) – The Lady
Tigers may have had Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson, but the key difference
in LSU's SEC championship team was the presence of 6-5 center Sylvia Fowles. A
Chris Jackson (Baseball) – Not a
stranger on the football field as LSU's place kicker, Chris Jackson showed off
his baseball abilities providing a spark for the Tigers early in the SEC
Claude Wroten (Football) – After a slow start, Wroten, a junior college transfer, grew into one of the most ferocious defensive tackles in the SEC. Wroten logged 41 tackles in his first season with LSU and collected five sacks and 11 tackles for a loss in being named an all-SEC second team pick.
Beck Troutman (Golf) – Troutman played in nine tournaments for the Tigers this season with a 73.92 stroke average in 27 rounds of competition, including 11 rounds at par or better. He has also earned two top-20 finishes to go along with his win in the Spring Invitational and ranks as one of the top freshmen in the SEC.