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28 Mar 2014

Meet the 84th Annual Sullivan Award Finalists!

Meet the 84th Annual Sullivan Award Finalists!

Cory Ann McGee
University of Florida Track & Field 
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Cory McGee began the 2013 season after a freak accident during the 2012 Olympic Trials that many thought could be a career ending injury.  However, Cory demonstrated extreme dedication and worked harder than ever to make a full recovery.

Her determination paid off with some great performances in 2013. She ended the year with 5 first place finishes, 6 second place finishes, and two third place finishes to round out an amazing and inspiring year of competition. During 2013, McGee became the All-Time University of Florida record-holder in the women’s 1,500 meters, by running a 4:06.67.  This time ties her for third as the fastest collegian in history.  The three women with her on the chart have all won medals at international championships. Two of them are foreigners who attended US colleges, so out of American collegians, Cory is number two behind Jenny (Barringer) Simpson. This time qualified Cory to run at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia as a member of Team USA.

Her triumphs on the track didn't keep her from excelling off of it. During 2013, McGee was named a two-time All-American and was runner-up for the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy in Indoor Track, with wins in the mile and DMR and a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters. McGee was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is the first UF athlete to be named to the Bob Graham Leadership Foundation. She was voted Miss Orange and Blue by her UF teammates and is also an active member of Athletes in Action.

Kelsey Robinson
University of Nebraska
Bartlett, Illinois
In her senior season at the University of Nebraska, Kelsey Robinson owned the court. She played and started in all 33 matches during the 2013 season, totaling 530 kills and averaging 4.45 kills per set. Robinson hit at a clip of .318 for the year, with 396 digs and averaging 3.33 digs per set. She led the Big Ten in kills (4.69) and points (5.41) per set during the conference season and to add to her conference success, she tallied 352 kills and had a hitting percentage of .349. She ended her senior season ranked ninth in hitting percentage, second in kills and fifth in aces in the Big Ten. Robinson’s 530 kills on the year were the fifth-most kills by a Husker and her 1,206 attacks in 2013 gave her the number seven spot on Nebraska’s all-time chart. Over the season she collected 19 double-doubles and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week four times in 2013. Robinson was also honored as the AVCA/Sports Imports Player of the Week and was named to the 2013 AVCA First-Team All-American and First-Team North Region. She also added the 2013 All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year awards to her expansive collection.

Robinson not only helps her team on the court, but she is an asset to her community as w

ell. In her one season at Nebraska, she has already become involved by volunteering for Red Ribbon Week, the Dance Marathon and helping out at Lincoln Public Schools. 

John Urschel
Penn State University Football
Williamsville, New York
An all-conference performer with a perfect 4.0 GPA already teaching college level courses, Penn State’s John Urschel redefines what it means to be a student-athlete.
A First Team All-Big Ten guard in 2013, Urschel was a key component to one of the Big Ten’s most productive passing offenses, helping true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors this season. Named a team captain for 2013, Urschel was named an AP Third Team All-American and helped the Nittany Lions to a winning season for the fourth time in his career. Urschel was also selected as Penn State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship recipient this season. Placing equal emphasis in the classroom as on the football field, Urschel was named the 2013 recipient of the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, the nation’s premier scholar-athlete award which annually recognizes one senior football player as the absolute best in the country for his combined

academic success, football performance, and exemplary community leadership and citizenship.

He was honored on the field during the BCSNational Championship in recognition of winning the Campbell Trophy. Urschel was named to his second First Team Academic All-America Team in 2013 and received his third Academic All-District selection. He earned a bachelor’s in mathematics in May 2012, a master’s in mathematics a year

later, and he is currently working on a second master’s degree in math education – all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

He was named the 2012-13 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award winner as Penn State’s top male student-athlete and represented Penn State as the male recipient of the school’s 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Williamsville, N.Y., native is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Off the field, Urschel taught two college-level math courses, Integral Vector Calculus and Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, in 2013 and had several research papers published in major academic journals. He jointly ran a 2013 summer program in computational mathematics and is a member of a genome re-assembly research group. The keynote speaker at the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, Urschel addressed nearly two thousand attendees on the four qualities he wished for all college student-athletes: 1) master your craft in your sport; 2) make a mark in the community; 3) help young players along their journey; and 4) prepare for the day your athletic career ends.

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