The University of Oklahoma’s athletic media relations and the Big 12 Conference both contributed to this story.
STILL WATER – Oklahoma State rusher 2,000 yards, All-American unanimously, and Cornish Trophy winner Chuba Hubbard and Cowgirls top scorer and honorable consensus mentions All-American Vivian Gray is was nominated by the University as a candidate for the Year of the Year 2019-20 Great Athlete at school, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Fans will be able to choose both athletes from May 22 to May 26 on Big12Sports.com, and fan voting will be considered in the final tally to select the winner.
Gray received mention of the honorable All-America status from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Associated Press last season. She was also honored by the WBCA the season before making her the third Cowgirl who was honored by the WBCA several times along with Andrea Riley (2008-10) and Brittney Martin (2015-16).
Gray came in second in the Big 12 when scoring an average of 19.3-points per match and was the first choice of the All-Big 12 team unanimously. He was also selected as one of 10 finalists for the Cheryl Miller Award and a member of the Naismith Award Monitor List.
Among the Big 12 players, he finished second in minutes played (37.6 mpg), third in percentage of free throws (84.1 percent), fifth in the assist-turnover ratio (1.7), ninth in assists (3.7 apg), 13 in steals (1.6) spg), 15 in field-goal percentage (36.3 percent) and 15 in blocked shots (0.8 bpg).
Gray was equally impressive in the class, winning the third team CoSIDA Academic All-America award. By doing that, she became the second Cowgirl to obtain All-America athletic and academic status, joining the prominent former OSU, Kaylee Jensen.
Carrying an average score of 3.66 points in marketing, Gray is the only player among 15 American choices who are not classified as graduate or senior students. He was also chosen as the Academic All-Big 12 first pick team.
Gray is the obvious choice here, but it is worth mentioning that having softball has their season continued that first baseman Alysen Febrey hit .382 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in only 24 matches played. That could be interesting with Febrey and even pitcher Carrie Eberle with a 0.46 ERA and a 10-1 record and where they will finish their season.
On the men’s side there is no choice and no one comes close to what Hubbard did. Native Canadians ending the 2019 season as FBS leaders in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, 200 yards rushing games and all-purpose yards per game. He ranked first among all the players from the Power Five conference in a rushed touchdown and led the Big 12 in score points and total touchdowns.
The Hubbard season totals 2,094 yards rushing to rank 16th in FBS history and third in the history of the Big 12 Conference. This marks the second best total single season in school history, only lagging in the 1988 Heisman season Barry Sanders.
In addition, Hubbard ran more than 100 yards in each of his last 11 matches, which is the longest active breakthrough in the country, and leads the country with 15 jumps of 30 yards or more, nine jumps of 40 yards or more, seven jumps of 50 yards or more, five rushes of 60 yards or more, three rushes of 70 yards or more, two rushes of 80 yards or more and one rush of 90 yards or more.
Hubbard was also chosen unanimously as an All-American, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, a finalist for the Player of the Year Walter Camp of the Year award, and a finalist for the Doak Walker Award awarded to the country’s top running back. He also finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, which marked the third best finish for a Canadian player, and was named the winner of the Cornish Trophy, which was awarded to the best Canadian player in NCAA football.
Intense competition with named finalists from Baylor with basketball players Freddie Gillespie and Lauren Cox, Iowa State with long-distance runners Edwin Kurgat and Cailie Logue, Kansas with basketball player Udoka Azubuike and leading soccer player Katie McClure, State of Kansas with high jumper Tejaswin Shankar and prominent basketball Peyton Williams, and Oklahoma with midfielder Jalen Hurts and gymnast Maggie Nichols.
Finalists from Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, and West Virginia have not yet been named.
The winners of the 12 Great Athletes of the Year award will be announced on Thursday, May 28.
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