Sportsman & Sportswoman Of The Year|
Aug. 13, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Football standout Ryan Wolfe has been named the UNLV Sportsman of the Year for 2008-09, while women's swimming star Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the Sportswoman of the Year award, UNLV Athletics announced Thursday.
Wolfe, a wide receiver who was a junior during the 2008-09 school year, ranked ninth in the nation with 7.3 receptions per game last season and also was 21st in the country with 86.7 receiving yards per game. His 88 receptions during the year tied a school record for most receptions in a season.
In 2008, Wolfe became the first UNLV player since 1994 to record at least 1,000 yards receiving in a season and he shattered the school record for 100-yard games in a career with 10 (he had five just last season alone). He also became the first Rebel receiver in history to be named First Team All-MWC more than once in a career.
Already his school's career leader in receptions and receiving yards, Wolfe returns as a senior in 2009 as college football's second-leading active receiver.
Jakabos, a freshman during the 2008-09 year, swam at the NCAA Championships in the spring and became UNLV's first All-American since 2001 as she placed eighth in the 400 IM. She also finished 37th in the 200 fly and the 49th in the 200 IM.
The 2009 MWC Swimmer of the Year, she won two individual events at the MWC Championships and was runner-up in her third. She won both the 200 IM and 400 IM titles in MWC record times and was second in the 200 fly in a UNLV program-record time.
Jakabos also swam on the first-place and MWC record-setting 800 free relay and was an All-MWC selection.
Earlier this month, Jakabos competed at the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, finishing seventh in the 400 IM.
The UNLV Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards were voted on by head coaches, administrators and sports information personnel at UNLV.