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Oklahoma Athlete of the Year Nominees
July 13, 2018

2017-18 Big 12 Athlete of the Year candidates will be highlighted each weekday through July 20. Fans will then be able to vote for their male and female choices from July 20-23 on Fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award. Today’s featured candidates are Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols and Baker Mayfield.

OU Female Athlete of the Year Candidate
Maggie Nichols; Gymnastics
So.; Little Canada, Minn.

^ 2018 NCAA All-Around Champion
^ 2018 NCAA Co-Individual National Champion on bars and floor
^ Became the first gymnast in NCAA history to record a “Gym Slam” (a perfect 10 on every event) in back-to-back years
^ Only gymnast in NCAA history with at least two perfect 10s on every event
^ Tied the NCAA Championships record in the all-around with a 39.8125
^ Just the seventh person ever to earn a 10.0 on bars in the NCAA Championships team competition
^ Five-time All-American in 2018 (first-team honors on bars, beam, floor, all-around; second-team honors on vault)
^ Two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team (Rookie and Gymnastics)

OU Male Athlete of the Year Candidate
Baker Mayfield; Football
Sr.; Austin, Texas

^ Taken as the number one overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns
^  Unanimous first-team consensus All-American (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp)
^ OU's sixth Heisman Trophy winner
^ Won seven national Player of the Year Awards
^ Finished career ranked second in FBS history in passing efficiency rating, 175.4; third in yards per attempt (9.7); tied for fourth in touchdown passes (131); fifth in total offense (15,690 yards) and seventh in passing yards (14,607)
^ Set FBS record for consecutive games with at least two TD passes (each of his final 27 contests)
^ Owns Big 12 career records for yards per pass attempt, consecutive games with at least one TD pass (40) and touchdowns responsible for (153)
^ Ranks first in OU history in career completion percentage, .698; career passing efficiency rating, 189.4; touchdowns responsible for (138) 

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