June 24, 2011

ESPY Voting

OXFORD, Ohio - After capturing the most prestigious award in college hockey in April, Miami University standout Andy Miele will have the chance to win another prominent sports award in July as he was named a nominee for the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete, ESPN announced Friday. The ESPY Awards, which are presented by ESPN, recognize the best moments and athletes in all sports from the past year.

Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), who became the first RedHawk to win the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey's top player, is among five nominees for Best Male College Athlete. Also nominated for the award is BYU basketball player Jimmer Fredette, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Cornell lacrosse player Rob Pannell and UConn basketball player Kemba Walker.

Fans have the chance to help select the winner in each of the ESPY categories, including Best Male College Athlete, by voting on their mobile devices or online at ESPN.com/espys or on ESPN's Facebook page. Voting begins today (Friday, June 24) and runs through Saturday, July 9.

The 2011 ESPY Awards will air live on ESPN on Wednesday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The awards show will be hosted by Seth Meyers for the second straight year.

Miele led the NCAA with 71 points, 47 assists and a 1.82 points-per-game average playing in all 39 games this year while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points were 11 more than anyone in the nation this year and the most since 2002-03. Miele ranked second on Miami's single-season assists list this past year and handed out the most helpers since 1978-79 while tying for second in single-season points at Miami, also the most since 1978-79.

In addition to his Hobey Baker Award, Miele earned First-Team All-America recognition from the American Hockey Coaches Association, Inside College Hockey and College Hockey News. The 5-foot-9 forward also was tabbed CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA, All-CCHA Tournament Team and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history.

Miele, an assistant captain for the `Hawks in 2010-11, captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play, the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play also ranked first and were more than anyone else had points (the first time in CCHA history that has happened), as well as the most since 1996-97.

The ESPY Awards, which stand for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, are entering their 19th year in 2011, having first started in 1993.