Male Athlete of the Year
Brenden Sander – Volleyball
To get perspective of how good Sander was his senior year at BYU, he is now representing USA Volleyball. During his final season, Sander was second on the team in kills (367) but it was his .313 hitting percentage that was most impressive. He also was impressive being second on the team in digs, aces and total points. Perhaps the most impressive was his ability to be clutch in big game situations.
Yoeli Childs – Basketball
Yoeli Childs nearly declared for the NBA draft after an impressive sophomore season that saw him lead the team in blocks and rebounds and average 17.8 points per game. After deciding to come back for his junior season, Yoeli has seen his production get even better. He is nearly averaging a double-double (21.2 PPG and 9.7 Rebounds) and is leading the team in points, rebounds and blocks. He has doubled the amount of three pointers he made a year ago, and has become the center piece of the offense and fans just hope he comes back for his senior year.
Peter Kuest – Golf
Peter Kuest has single handily made Golf change from a sport we didn’t knew existed for BYU to a sport that we know exists and check on every once in awhile. Since the end of his sophomore season, Kuest has finished tournaments 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 32nd and 1st. Each of these tournaments averages about 100 players. That is dominance that you don’t see at any level of competitive golf. And it has helped earn the Cougars a top 15 national ranking.
Rory Linkletter – Cross Country/Track
If you a runner you understand that you have good races and bad races. Rory Linkletter is no exception to this, but when he has good races, they are REALLY good. In the last year, Linkletter has done the following:
- 1st in Cross Country NCAA Pre-Nationals
- 4th in WCC Championships Cross Country Championships
- 6th at NCAA Indoor National 5000 meter run
- 8th in NCAA Outdoor National 5000 meter run
- 22nd in NCAA Cross Country Championships
Yoeli Childs – Basketball: 38%
Brenden Sander – Volleyball: 31%
Peter Kuest – Golf: 21%
Rory Linkletter – Cross Country/Track: 10%