Riley Sorenson, the starting center for Washington State the last three seasons, received a much-deserved honor Wednesday night in Seattle. He was presented with the Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Award at the MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Awards.
Sorenson has gone through tremendous hardship in the last year, losing both of his parents and being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Whether or not he would even play football in 2016 was in jeopardy just weeks before the start of fall camp
Through all that, Sorenson was an anchor along the Cougs offensive line and a leader on the team. The Wayne Gittinger award goes to an athlete who goes through a medical hardship and inspires others. I couldn’t think of a better recipient.
In his acceptance speech, Sorenson thanked family and friends along with coaches Mike Leach, Clay McGuire and Jim Mastro according to Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times. He also spoke about how Leach’s quote "play the next play," helped get him through the year.
Joining Sorenson at the event was WSU wide receiver Gabe Marks, who was nominated for the male sports star of the year award. That honor went to the Seahawk’s Bobby Wagner, but it looks like the two Cougs enjoyed their evening nonetheless.
Both players will now resume training for April’s NFL Draft. Sorenson is preparing in Pullman while finishing up some classes, while Marks has gone home to southern California.
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