USF

Bulls Unite for Stampede of Champions

April 20, 2017
By  USF

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA, APRIL 20, 2017 – USF Athletics rolled out the red carpet to celebrate another memorable year made possible by the student-athletes, coaches and staff members at the fifth annual Stampede of Champions on Monday night.

USF’s teams were all decked out and dresses and suits at the Sun Dome for the Hollywood-style awards show ceremony that was emceed by women’s soccer player Jessica Hamrick, men’s soccer player Gabriel Menescal and former football player Marcus Wingate.

Nineteen awards were handed out to winners of categories that included team of the year (football, 11-2 record, Birmingham Bowl win), female athlete of the year (Evelyne Viens, soccer), male athlete of the year (Quinton Flowers, football), coaching staff of the year (women’s basketball) and most improved student-athlete (Maria Jespersen, women’s basketball). Flowers also received the best performance award for his fantastic five-touchdown day against UConn. Flowers’ 54-yard scoring run against the Huskies earned SportsCenter’s No. 5 spot on Top Plays of the Day.

Tampa native Cameron Ruff, the starting center for the football team, received the prestigious Lee Roy Selmon Award, an enduring example of integrity, academic excellence, compassion and competitiveness.

Head coach Cristina Moros’ women’s tennis team was recognized for its tireless efforts of giving back to the Bay Area with the team community award. Ashley Wilson of the track and field program took home the individual community award.

Award winners were determined by votes from USF student-athletes and coaches. USF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee continued the tradition of presenting all the awards.

Through a partnership with Where Love Grows, all extra food from the event was donated to the Boys & Girls Club, an ongoing Stampede of Champions tradition.

Here is a complete list of Stampede of Champions winners:

Best performanceQuinton Flowers, football

Moment of the year – Football, Birmingham Bowl victory

Male athlete of the yearQuinton Flowers, football

Female athlete of the yearEvelyne Viens, soccer

Male newcomer of the yearMitchell Wilcox, football

Female newcomer of the yearEvelyne Viens, soccer

Unsung heroMeredith Bissette, softball

Lee Roy Selmon AwardCameron Ruff, football

Team community award – women’s tennis

Individual community awardAshley Wilson, track and field

Bulls male scholar awardNick Buliga, cross country

Bulls female scholar awardBrittany Raymond, soccer

Best comeback – men’s soccer

Most improvedMaria Jespersen, women’s basketball

USF most spirited – Marcus Wingate, football

Stafflete of the yearWalter Bell, strength and conditioning

Coaching staff of the year – women’s basketball

Team sportsmanship award – women’s tennis

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