Ford, Osterman Up For ESPY Awards Wednesday

Former Texas All-American point guard <B>T.J. Ford </B>and UT softball All-American <B>Cat</B> <B>Osterman</B> are among the nominees for collegiate athlete of the year honors at the ESPY Awards Wednesday. ESPN will broadcast the annual all-sports awards ceremony live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Ford is one of four finalists for the Best Male College Athlete, joining Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse basketball), Eric Larkin (Arizona State wrestling) and Carson Palmer (USC football). Osterman is one of four finalists for the Best Female College Athlete, joining Alana Beard (Duke basketball), Natalie Coughlin (California swimming) and Diana Taurasi (Connecticut basketball).

Ford, of course, was the 2003 Naismith and Wooden Award winner as college basketball's National Player of the Year and led Texas to is first Final Four appearance since 1947. The third player in school history to earn consensus first-team All-America honors, Ford led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (7.7 apg), steals (2.0 spg), free throw percentage (.820) and minutes played (33.6 mpg) last season. The Milwaukee Bucks made Ford their first round draft pick (No. 8 overall) on June 26.

Osterman was the 2003 USA Softball Player of the Year. A two-time Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American as a sophomore, she led the nation in earned run average (0.38) and strikeouts per seven innings (14.1) while helping the Longhorns to a tie for third place at the Women's College World Series in 2003. Osterman was also first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick this past spring.

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