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OU's Maggie Nichols, Jalen Hurts nominated for Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards

NORMAN — OU women's gymnast Maggie Nichols and quarterback Jalen Hurts are among the nominees for the 2019-20 Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards, the conference announced Wednesday.

Fans can vote on their male and female choices beginning Friday at Big12Sports.com. Fan voting will be considered for the final tally, with the winners named May 28.

Nichols is one of the most decorated gymnasts in collegiate history, capping her career by being ranked No. 1 nationally in the all-around and on vault and No. 2 on the uneven bars. 

She had a season-high 39.900 in the all-around on Jan 20, the fourth time she hit 39.900 during her career. No other NCAA gymnast has reached that mark more than once.

Nichols was a WCGA First-Team All-American in all five events, earned Big 12 Gymnast of the Year honors and is an AAU Sullivan Award semifinalist.

Hurts, who transferred from Alabama before his senior season, was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and was a finalists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Early Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Senior CLASS Award. 

He led the nation in yards per pass attempt (11.3) and was second in passing efficiency rating (191.2), yards per completion (16.3), points responsible for per game (22.9) and touchdowns accounted for (53). 

He was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in last month's NFL Draft.

Nichols is among OU's 11 Big 12 Athletes of the Year, including seven in the last seven years. Nichols, who just wrapped up her senior year, won after her sophomore year.

Other previous OU winners included football's Kyler Murray (2018-19), Baker Mayfield (2017-18), Sam Bradford (2009-09), Jason White (2003-04) and Josh Heupel (2000-01), men's basketball's Buddy Hield (2015-16), women's basketball's Stacey Dales (2001-02), and softball's Paige Parker (2015-16), Lauren Chamberlain (2014-15) and Keilani Ricketts (2012-13).


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University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a photo on the OU campus in Norman on Jan. 29. Nichols is one of two Sooners nominated for Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]

University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a photo on the OU campus in Norman on Jan. 29. Nichols is one of two Sooners nominated for Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards. [Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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