Cornell lacrosse star nominated for ESPY
The ESPYs are like the Oscars of sports. Every year, ESPN nominates a select few athletes for multiple categories and the fans subsequently decide who wins. For the Best Male College Athlete category, Cornell’s rising senior Rob Pannell was nominated.
Fill out our poll and then check out the Ivy Leaguer’s accomplishments and the competition for the award after the jump.
Pannell is coming off a season for the ages. Leading the Big Red to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Lacrosse Championship (losing to eventual champion Virginia), Pannell was named the USILA Player of the Year and received his second Jack Turnbull Award, given to Division I’s best attackman. Pannell’s incredible scoring average of 5.24 points per game led the nation by more than 0.5 points, and propelled Cornell into second place in the nation in team scoring average. He was also second in assists per game and 10th in goals per game. Pannell has scored at least one point in each of his 52 career games, which is the longest current streak in the NCAA.
Winning this award will not be easy despite Pannell’s clear qualification. The competition consists of players from bigger schools, who represent more widely popular sports. Two basketball stars top the list as UConn’s Kemba Walker and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette appear to be the most likely candidates for the award. Walker was selected ninth by the Charlotte Bobcats while Fredette—the National Player of the Year—was taken with the following pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. Auburn’s star quarterback Cam Newton may be as well known for his incredible play last season as he is for his issues off the field. Controversy or not, the NFL’s No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft is another strong candidate for this category. Despite being named the NCAA’s best hockey player, Miami-Ohio’s Andy Miele went undrafted in this year’s NHL Draft. Despite this, Miele will also be a threat to Pannell in the voting.
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