BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 6, 2022) – Alabama’s Bryce Young and South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston have been named the 2021-2022 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male and Female Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league’s athletics directors, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced today.
“Bryce and Aliyah are the remarkable examples of what it means for a young person to fully participate as a student and as an athlete in the Southeastern Conference,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Both Aliyah and Bryce were honored with their sport’s national player of the year award as they each held themselves to the highest standards of competitive excellence. We are proud of both and grateful for their outstanding representation of the Southeastern Conference and of the accomplishments they have achieved as members of their university communities.”
Bryce Young was named Alabama’s fourth Heisman Trophy winner after a record-setting season as the Crimson Tide’s first year starting quarterback. The sophomore from Pasadena, California, set the Alabama single-season marks for passing yards (4,872) and touchdowns (47).
Along with the Heisman Trophy, Young was also recognized as college football’s Player of the Year by the Associated Press and The Sporting News. He captured the Maxwell Award, recognizing college football’s top player, and claimed the Davey O’Brien and Manning awards, both presented annually to the nation’s top quarterback. Young was a consensus first team All-American by the AP, FWAA and TSN while also receiving first-team honors from CBS Sports, ESPN.com, Pro Football Focus and USA Today. He picked up second team All-America accolades from the AFCA and Walter Camp and was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both the AP and the conference coaches.
Young led the SEC and ranked second nationally with 47 passing touchdowns and 4,872 passing yards while ranking third in the conference and seventh in Division I in pass efficiency rating at 167.5 by season’s end. He finished 366-of-547 passing with just seven interceptions across 15 starts. Young rushed 81 times with three more touchdowns on the ground.
In his first career start, Young finished 27-of-38 passing for 344 yards and four touchdowns, including a 94-yard strike to Jameson Williams. He set the Alabama single-game passing mark with 559 yards passing against Arkansas in November that included five touchdowns, zero interceptions while completing 77.5 percent of his passes. He passed for at least 300 yards in 10 games and tossed at least three touchdowns another 10 times, including three games with five touchdowns.
Young earned most earned Most Valuable Player honors in the win over the top-ranked Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game, recording three touchdowns and 421 yards through the air on 26-of-44 passing. He added three rushes for 40 yards with a score on the ground, while setting the SEC Championship Game record for passing yards and total offense (461) with his impressive performance.
South Carolina junior Aliyah Boston became the University’s first winner of the Honda Cup, which honors the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. It caps a season during which Boston was the unanimous National Player of the Year and the NCAA Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading the Gamecocks to the 2022 National Championship. Boston was also the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, the first player male or female to win both Naismith honors. She also won both SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
A three-time Lisa Leslie Award winner, the Gamecocks’ leading scorer (16.8 ppg) led the nation with 30 double-doubles this season, including an SEC-record 27 straight to become just the third player in NCAA Div. I women’s basketball history with a streak at least that long. In the Gamecocks’ 14 games against ranked opponents, including seven against top-10 foes, Boston poured in 18.1 points per game and grabbed 13.9 rebounds per outing. In just her second NCAA Tournament, she was named Most Outstanding Player at both the Greensboro Regional and the Final Four after averaging 16.8 points and 15.2 rebounds in the tournament, during which she also led the team in assists.
She became the Gamecocks’ fifth-fastest player to reach 1,000 rebounds (92 games) and also reached 1,000 career points this season. In the program career record book, Boston ranks fourth in total rebounds, third in offensive rebounds, third in defensive rebounds, second in double-doubles and second in blocked shots. This season she set program single-season records for total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and double-doubles.
The other male nominees were Grant Morgan, Arkansas (football); Jabari Smith, Auburn (basketball); Joseph Fahnbulleh, Florida (track & field); Jordan Davis, Georgia (football); Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky (basketball); Brooks Curry, LSU (swimming & diving); Mario Garcia Romo, Ole Miss (track & field); Navasky Anderson, Mississippi State (track & field); Keegan O’Toole, Missouri (wrestling); Daniel Rodrigues, South Carolina (tennis); Wayne Pinnock, Tennessee (track & field); Kurtis Mathews, Texas A&M (swimming & diving); Gordan Sargent, Vanderbilt (golf).
The other female nominees were Rhyan White, Alabama (swimming & diving); Danielle Gibson, Arkansas (softball); Sunisa Lee, Auburn (gymnastics); Jasmine Moore, Florida (track & field); Mollie Belisle, Georgia (soccer); Abby Steiner, Kentucky (track & field); Ingrid Lindblad, LSU (golf); Sintayehu Vissa, Ole Miss (track & field); Mia Davidson, Mississippi State (softball); Sarah Thompson, Missouri (swimming & diving); Ellen Walshe, Tennessee (swimming & diving); Lamara Distin, Texas A&M (track & field);Divine Oladipo, Vanderbilt (track & field).
The SEC Athletes of the Year Awards were first presented in 1976 for men and 1984 for women. The award was renamed the Roy F. Kramer Athletes of the Year in 2004 to honor the former Commissioner who served the conference from 1990-2002.
Past recipients of the SEC Athlete of the Year Award include: 2021 – DeVonta Smith, Alabama (football) and Madison Lilley, Kentucky (volleyball); 2020 – Joe Burrow, LSU (football) and Tyasha Harris, South Carolina (basketball); 2019 – Grant Holloway, Florida (track & field) and Maria Fassi, Arkansas (golf); 2018 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (swimming) and A’ja Wilson, South Carolina (basketball); 2017 – Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (baseball) and Kendell Williams, Georgia (track & field); 2016 – Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas (track & field) and Bridget Sloan, Florida (gymnastics); 2015 – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas (baseball) and Lauren Haeger, Florida (softball); 2014 – AJ Reed, Kentucky (baseball) and Hannah Rogers, Florida (softball); 2013 – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (football) and Allison Schmitt, Georgia (swimming); 2012 – Anthony Davis, Kentucky (basketball) and Brooke Pancake, Alabama (golf); 2011 – John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee (tennis) and Kayla Hoffman, Alabama (gymnastics); 2010 – Mark Ingram, Alabama (football) and Susan Jackson, LSU (gymnastics); 2009 – Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Courtney Kupets, Georgia (gymnastics); 2008 – Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Candace Parker, Tennessee (basketball); 2007 – David Price, Vanderbilt (baseball) and Monica Abbott, Tennessee (softball); 2006 – Xavier Carter, LSU (track & field) and Seimone Augustus, LSU (basketball); 2005 – Ryan Lochte, Florida (swimming) and Kirsty Coventry, Auburn (swimming); 2004 – Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/track) and Jeana Rice, Alabama (gymnastics); 2003 – Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/track) and LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State (basketball); 2002 – Walter Davis, LSU (track & field) and Andree’ Pickens, Alabama (gymnastics); 2001 – Matias Boeker, Georgia (tennis) and Amy Yoder Begley, Arkansas (cross country/track); 2000 – Kip Bouknight , South Carolina (baseball) and Kristy Kowal, Georgia (swimming); 1999 – Tim Couch, Kentucky (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball); 1998 – Peyton Manning, Tennessee (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball); 1997 – Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Trinity Johnson, South Carolina (softball); 1996 – Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Saudia Roundtree, Georgia (basketball); 1995 – Todd Helton, Tennessee (baseball) and Jenny Hansen, Kentucky (gymnastics); 1994 – Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming); 1993 – Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming); 1992 – Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (basketball) and Vicki Goetze, Georgia (golf); 1991 – Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (basketball) and Daedra Charles, Tennessee (basketball); 1990 – Alec Kessler, Georgia (basketball) and Dee Foster, Alabama (gymnastics); 1989 – Derrick Thomas, Alabama (football) and Bridgette Gordon, Tennessee (basketball); 1988 – Will Perdue, Vanderbilt (basketball) and Dara Torres, Florida (swimming); 1987 – Cornelius Bennett, Alabama (football) and Lillie Leatherwood-King, Alabama (track and field); 1986 – Bo Jackson, Auburn (football) and Jennifer Gillom, Ole Miss (basketball); 1985 – Will Clark, Mississippi State (baseball) and Penney Hauschild, Alabama (gymnastics); 1984 – Terry Hoage, Georgia (football) and Tracy Caulkins, Florida (swimming); 1983 – Herschel Walker, Georgia (football/track and field); 1982 – Buck Belue, Georgia (football/baseball); 1981 – Rowdy Gaines, Auburn (swimming); 1980 – Kyle Macy, Kentucky (basketball); 1979 – Reggie King, Alabama (basketball); 1978 – Jack Givens, Kentucky (basketball); 1977 – Larry Seivers, Tennessee (football); and 1976 – Harvey Glance, Auburn (track and field).