Posted on June 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM
exas Longhorns junior DS Nate Boyer has been named a 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year, the conference office announced Monday. Kansas State senior golfer, Whitney Pyle, was also selected as the conference's other Sportsperson of the Year.
The Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. This year's winners were selected by a media panel.
Boyer becomes the third Longhorns football player and the fourth University of Texas student-athlete to earn the award. Soccer's Kylie Doniak was named Sportsperson of the Year in 2011-2012, as was former Longhorn DE Sam Acho in 2010-11 and former FB Ahmard Hall in 2004-05. Boyer now qualifies as a nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
"We are so fortunate to have Nate as a member of our team. He is a tremendous student-athlete who works extremely hard, is dedicated, committed, and serves as a great leader for everyone in our program," said Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown.
"Nate sets a tremendous example for our guys and is a daily reminder of how our military personnel give so much to protect and provide us freedom. He is a great example for student-athletes across the country and someone who is worthy of any award or recognition that comes his way."
Boyer is a fourth-year player who served as the No. 1 long snapper on PAT/FGs during 2012. He began his Longhorn career as a walk-on after serving in the United States Army prior to enrolling at Texas.
Boyer uses his military background to motivate and lead his team, putting long, tough days in perspective by sharing his experiences overseas. He is often referred to by teammates as "Army" and "America," counts Pat Tillman as his hero, and before games proudly carries the American flag onto the field. He also makes regular visits with the team to the Dell Children's Medical Center to comfort and inspire the patients there.