Today's featured candidates are Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts and Kendric Maple.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
|Kendric Maple; Wrestling
Junior; Wichita, Kan.
♦ First Sooner to win an individual NCAA championship in wrestling in eight years
♦ One of just six wrestlers nationally to end the season undefeated
♦ Back-to-back All-America honors
♦ Won his second consecutive Big 12 title at 141 pounds
♦ Earned his 100th career win in the NCAA quarterfinal
|Keilani Ricketts; Softball
Senior; San Jose, Calif.
♦ Honda Cup winner as top female collegiate athlete
♦ Won second straight Honda Award for softball
♦ USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
♦ Most Outstanding Player in leading OU to the title of the College World Series
♦ Big 12 Pitcher of the Year