A new tradition in Ole Miss Athletics began on April 11, as the red carpet was rolled out for the inaugural Rebels' Choice Awards.
The semi-formal event was held at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts and honored athletics achievement from the past year. With Rebel student-athletes and staff dressed to the nines, the evening began on the red carpet before the show kicked off.
The Rebels' Choice Awards included 14 categories in which the winners were selected by Ole Miss' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and three additional awards were determined by an online fan vote. Winners are listed below.
Emceed by ESPN announcer Clay Matvick, the event included video highlights of the athletics year, the music of the band Deliverance and an outrageous performance by football player Jacob Hickman. However it was the winners' acceptance speeches that generated the most excitement.
The awards show was part of Ole Miss' festivities for National Student-Athlete Day, which is celebrated during the month of April.
2011 REBELS' CHOICE AWARDS Men's Rookie of the Year: Ricky Robertson, track and field Women's Rookie of the Year: Valencia McFarland, basketball Men's Community Outreach Award: Lee Moore, track and field Women's Community Outreach Award: Juliana Smith, track and field Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Lee Moore, track and field Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gabby Rangel, tennis Men's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Tucker Vorster, tennis Women's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Morgan Springer, volleyball Men's Coach of the Year: Billy Chadwick, tennis Women's Coach of the Year: Joe Getzin, volleyball Men's Most Valuable Rebel: Barnabas Kirui, track and field Women's Most Valuable Rebel: Regina Thomas, volleyball Men's Team of the Year: Tennis Women's Team of the Year: Tennis
Fan Vote Play of the Year: Chris Warren, men's basketball, vs. Kentucky Game of the Year: Men's basketball vs. Kentucky Fan Favorite: Jerrell Powe, football
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