Liz Brenner nominated for James E. Sullivan Award


Liz Brenner joins the likes of Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, Manti Te’o, A.J. McCarron and others, all of whom have been nominated for the James E. Sullivan Award which crowns the nation’s top amateur athlete. Brenner will look to capture the prestigious award sometimes referred to as the “Oscar” of sports, an award that Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, and Tim Tebow were all able to secure in the past.

Brenner is a multi-sport athlete who immediately shifted her focus to basketball after the enormously successful Ducks volleyball season this year, which included an appearance in the national championship. Brenner is averaging just over 5 points and 3 rebounds a game. She was also a part of the softball team last spring that advanced to the World Series.

Liz Brenner finished in the top 70 in both kills and points and 9th and 8th in the pac-12 in points and kills, including 26 double digit kill totals in the last 33 matches. She was a huge part of the Oregon volleyball team’s success in the tournament, and was the first women’s athlete to letter in 3 different sports since 1976. Brenner is only a sophomore, and it will be really exciting to see how her career in all three sports plays out within the next couple years.

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Sam Legge

Sam Legge

Sam Legge is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism. He is from Denver, Colorado and has been a huge football fan his whole life. Sam played rugby, golf, and boxed in high school and has a huge passion for sports as well as writing and photography. He chose University of Oregon over Colorado at Boulder mainly for Oregon's athletic prestige, and has since been to every home game at Autzen as well as many basketball games. Sam hopes to use his creative writing skills to provide interesting perspectives on Oregon sports coverage. He welcomes your feedback.