Nominees are submitted by each Big 12
institution and selected by a media panel based on 2006-07 athletic performance,
academic achievement and citizenship.
Pavan was the 2006-07 Honda Award winner as the top female student-athlete in the nation after leading the Husker volleyball team to the 2006 National Championship. She was the second Division I volleyball player in NCAA history to earn both American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year and College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America of the Year in the same season. Pavan also garnered Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in addition to AVCA All-America First Team.
right-side hitter was the 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year and named to the
All-Big 12 First Team. Pavan was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 NCAA
Championship and listed on the 2006 Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team.
In addition to her athletic
Pavan was the keynote speaker for the
2007 School is Cool Jam while helping the volleyball squad to its first NU
Athletic Department Life Skills Award. Her other community service activities
included a UNL Tour of Excellence Speaker, American Education Week Speaker and
Dance Marathon Participant for Children's Hospital.
Askren was the 2006 and 2007 National
Champion and a four-time All-America wrestler at 174 pounds. He won the Big 12
Championship in his weight class three times in addition to being named a
two-time Dan Hodge Award winner - wrestling's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
Askren closed his collegiate career with a 153-8 mark that includes 87
consecutive wins, dating back to the start of his junior
Askren was a member of the inaugural
Big 12 Good Works Team, which recognizes community service and citizenship. He
served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council in 2007. The
four-year member of SAAC organized and assisted with many of the group's
fundraising activities, including canned food donations, clothing drives and Red
Cross promotions. He has appeared at elementary schools to promote reading and
traveled with the
Other female candidates were: Lisa
Ferguson (Baylor softball), Jenny Barringer (
Male nominees included: Daniel Sepulveda (Baylor football), Stephen Pifer (Colorado cross country and track), Trent Paulson (Iowa State wrestling), Zlata Tarasova (Kansas track and field), Daniel Edwards (Kansas State baseball), Zac Taylor (Nebraska football), Kevin Bookout (Oklahoma track and field), Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State golf), Kevin Durant (Texas basketball), Acie Law IV (Texas A&M basketball) and Dimitrio Martinez (Texas Tech tennis).
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