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McNelis Named Top Senior Male Student-Athlete

May 5, 2009

McNelis_Michael_2008fb.jpgMay 5, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. —  Defensive end Michael McNelis has been selected as DePauw's top senior male student-athlete by the University's head coaches.

McNelis earned the Phil Eskew Award which is presented annually to a senior male athlete who best exemplifies effort and excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, integrity, dedication to the team, campus involvement and community service.

An economics and Spanish double major, McNelis was named to the Dean's List all eight semesters and earned four varsity letters on the field. McNelis is a Management Fellow at DePauw and was named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll all four years. Additionally, he was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football College Division selection and a Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society) inductee.

McNelis was the team captain in 2008 and a three-year starter on the defensive line. He earned first team all-SCAC honors in 2007 and 2008 and was a second team choice in 2006. Tied for fourth on DePauw's all-time sacks list, McNelis was the team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and its Battle of the Trenches Award winner in 2007 and 2008. The team's Freshman of the Year in 2005 also earned D3football.com Team of the Week honors once.

Swimmer Amanda Stier was selected as the top female senior student-athlete as she earned the Amy Hasbrook Award. That release is available here.

The awards are named for former DePauw student-athletes Amy Hasbrook '00 and Phil Eskew Jr. '63. Hasbrook was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team who lost her life in a fire in 2002. Eskew was a 1994 inductee into the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame and established the organization in 1986.

Past Amy Hasbrook Award Winners   Past Phil Eskew Award Winners
2005 Amy Argetsinger, basketball   2005 JaMarcus Shephard, football/track and field
2006 Leslie Dillon, cross country/track and field   2006 P.J. Mitchell, baseball
2007 Liz Bondi, basketball/tennis   2007 Evan Webeler, tennis
  Sarah Gates, golf   2008
Rob Alexander, swimming and diving
2008 Katie Doogan, swimming and diving  
Jeremiah Marks, football
       
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