The accolades continue to role in for members of USCs 2012 football team, as former center Khaled Holmes has been named a finalist for Sports Illustated’s College Athlete of the Year award.
Prior to being selected in the 4th round on the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Holmes earned both an Undergraduate degree in Classics and a Masters degree in communication management.
Annually, Sports Illustrated chooses two athletes–one female and one male–for this designation. The award recognizes athletes “who have achieved athletic distinction and have had an outsized impact in the classroom or in their communities,” Sports Illustrated said in a statement announcing the finalists. The winners will be announced May 22 and they will be featurde in the magazine’s May 27 issue.
Aside from Holmes, the men’s finalists include Michigan’s Trey Burke (basketball), Cornell’s Kyle Dake (wrestling), St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc (ice hockey) and Duke’s Tyler Thornton (basketball).
For the women’s finalists, the pack is led by Oregons Liz Brenner, who has played volleyball, basketball, softball and participated in track & field events while a Duck. Louisiana State’s Kimberlyn Duncan (track and field), Baylor’s Brittney Griner (basketball), North Carolina’s Loren Shealy (field hockey) and Northwestern’s Taylor Thornton (lacrosse) are also in contention for this award.
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