Taylor Jungmann named 2010-11 Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year




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Taylor Jungmann named 2010-11 Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year
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The 2011 Dick Howser Trophy winner became the first baseball player to ever earn Big 12 Athlete of the Year recognition.

IRVING, Texas — Taylor Jungmann (Texas baseball) has been named 2010-11 Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Friday.

Jungmann became the first baseball player to win the award in its 15-year history. The award had previously been awarded to nine football players, two basketball players, two wrestlers and one golfer.

“It’s quite an honor,” Jungmann said. “There were a lot of great athletes at Texas this year, so just to be the one chosen to represent the school was special. And to be named the Big 12 Athlete of the Year makes it that much better.”

Jungmann received the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player after leading the Longhorns to the 2011 College World Series. He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Year (NCBWA).

The 6-6 junior righ-thander claimed All-America First Team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. He was a unanimous selection as Big 12 Pitcher of the Year while helping Texas to a share of the Big 12 regular season title. Jungmann was also an All-Big 12 First Team member and named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament Team. He earned three Phillips 66 Big 12 Pitcher of the week accolades in 2011 and was tabbed National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA on February 22.

Jungmann threw the only complete-game shutout in the nation on the opening weekend of the season and was the only pitcher nationally to pitch complete-game shutouts the first two starts of the season. He is the only player in the history of Texas Baseball to accomplish those two feats.

He ranked third among all NCAA pitchers with 13 wins and was fourth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.17), ninth in strikeouts (126) and 11th in ERA (1.60). Jungmann went 8-0 with a 1.12 ERA in nine Big 12 Conference starts. In his only `no decision’ he worked nine shutout innings in a 15-inning 1-0 win over Oklahoma State.

The Temple, Texas, native was a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 First Team. He was the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jungmann became the fourth Texas athlete to earn Male Athlete of the Year, joining Ricky Williams (1998-99), Derrick Johnson (2004-05) and Vince Young (2005-06). The Longhorns moved ahead of Oklahoma in the all-time tally for Male Athletes of the Year with the Sooners registering three. Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri each have two. Texas has had eight athletes earn Female Athlete of the Year accolades giving Texas 12 of the 30 total awards.

Jungmann beat out Robert Griffin III (Baylor football), Alec Burks (Colorado men’s basketball), Jonathan Reader (Iowa State wrestling), Marcus Morris (Kansas men’s basketball), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State men’s basketball), Lars Vikan Rise (Missouri track and field), Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska wrestling), Quinton Carter (Oklahoma football), Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State football), Von Miller (Texas A&M football) and Julian Wruck (Texas Tech track and field) for the honor.


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