Every year, the Pac-12 awards the Tom Hansen Conference Medal to one male and one female from each of their member schools. The honor goes to outstanding seniors based on “the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.”
The medal is named after the former commissioner of the Pac-10 who retired at the end of the 2009 school year. This year, the pair of honorees for the Cougs seemed to be pretty obvious... And the conference made the decision we all would have expected. The male recipient was quarterback Gardner Minshew, while the female honor went to volleyball star Taylor Mims.
We’ll start with Minshew’s qualifications. You probably know of the on the field accomplishments of the Mississippi Mustache, but it’s never a bad idea to look back at what he did in his single season in Pullman. Minshew finished fifth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting before becoming a sixth round pick to the Jaguars in the NFL Draft. He was also named Pac-12 offensive player of the year to go along with an All-Pac-12 first team selection.
As for Mims, you might not know as much about the volleyball star from Billings, Montana. She excelled on the court as a four-time All-Pac-12 honoree and, last season, was named third team All-American by AVCA and VolleyballMag.com. She also ranks among the top-10 all-time in WSU program history in eight different categories. She also excels off the court, helping with multiple WSU community service activities, including the Special Olympics.
Below is a list of the winners from all 12 programs:
|Arizona||Chatham Dobbs (Swim/Dive)||Katrina Konopka (Swim/Dive)|
|Arizona St.||David Hoffer (Swim/Dive)||Kianna Ibis (WBB)|
|California||Andrew Seliskar (Swim/Dive)||Kristine Anigwe (WBB)|
|Colorado||Wilson Belk (Golf)||Kaitlyn Benner (X-Country)|
|Oregon||Ryan Gronlund (Golf)||Shannon Williams (Lacrosse)|
|Oregon St.||Stephen Thompson Jr. (MBB)||Alina Hagstron (Rowing)|
|Stanford||Harrison Williams (Track/Field)||Ella Eastin (Swim/Dive)|
|UCLA||Micah Ma'a (Volleyball)||Izzy Carey (Beach Vball)|
|USC||Justin Suh (Golf)||Terese Cannon (Beach Vball)|
|Utah||Chase Hansen (Football)||Kari Lee (Gymnastics)|
|Washington||Ben Burr-Kirven (Football)||Stacey Fung (Tennis)|
|Washington St.||Gardner Minshew II (Football)||Taylor Mims (Volleyball)|
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SAN FRANCISCO –– The 2018-19 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipients were announced today.
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