Sixth Annual HOGSPY Award Finalists Announced

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From memorable plays and record-setting academic achievements to striving for championships and excellence in the classroom, the sixth annual HOGSPY Awards will celebrate the best-of-the-best among Razorback student-athletes, Spirit Squad, marching band and staff during the past year.

The HOGSPY Awards recognizes the best in athletics, academics, leadership and service learning and will be hosted by University of Arkansas Alumnus and ABC News Anchor T.J. Holmes. Individual awards include male and female recipients in the categories of student-athlete of the year, rookie of the year and scholar-athlete of the year. Coach of the Year honors will also be bestowed on the year’s most outstanding coach in both men’s and women’s sports.

Team awards will recognize the academic teams of the year, the team performances of the year, the Hog Tough performances of the year and the top athletic teams of the year. There will be exciting additions to this year’s show, including a brand new award design, which will be revealed on the day of the show and three new awards – Standing Ovation, Service Over Self, and Top Play of the Year.

HOGSPY Award nominations are submitted by student-athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, coaches and staff. Winners are determined by a vote of selected groups for each award.

Fans and members of the University of Arkansas community are invited to join their favorite University of Arkansas student-athletes and coaches in this celebration on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Bud Walton Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the formal program set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets for the HOGSPY Awards are available for $5 and are now available online through the Razorback Ticket Center. Faculty and students will receive free general admission tickets, with a valid University ID at the door.

In addition, a limited number of tickets for the HOGSPY Awards VIP Experience are available online for $20. This VIP Experience will include access to the pre-show red carpet experience, dinner, and floor seating.

This year’s finalists include:

Heart of the Hog
• Manuale Watkins (M. Basketball)
• Leigha Brown (W. Track & Field)
• Amanda Wellick (Gymnastics)
• Sasha Shkorupeieva (W. Tennis)

Male Rookie of the Year
• Devwah Whaley (Football)
• Adrio Bailey (M. Basketball)
• Dominic Fletcher (Baseball)

Female Rookie of the Year
• Taylor Werner (W. Cross Country and Track)
• Ayumi Macias (Swimming & Diving)
• Stefani Doyle (Soccer)

Hog Tough Award
• Soccer
• Softball
• Men’s Basketball
• Men’s Track & Field

Comeback Student-Athlete
• Frank Ragnow (Football)
• Qyara Winston (Soccer)
• Giulia Pairone (W. Tennis)
• Devin Cosper (W. Basketball)

Top Graduating Senior
• Katherine Moore (Soccer)

Female Academic Team of the Year
• Cross Country
• Swimming & Diving
• Softball

Male Academic Team of the Year
• Golf
• Tennis
• Cross Country

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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