Samford University The BelltowerJune 2004

Hill Named OVC Male Athlete of the Year, Samford Wins Honors In Many Sports

"... During the 2003 season, Hill had a breakout year and led the OVC in receptions per game (8.36 rpg.), receiving yards per game (126.1 ypg.), scoring (8.2 ppg.) and scoring by a touchdown (8.2 ppg.). He also led the nation in receiving yards per game and was second in receptions per game. His 1,387 receiving yards ranked third in the nation and are the most in Samford history…”

Samford football receiver Efrem Hill was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Male Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Thursday, May 20.

"I think this is an outstanding honor, not only for Efrem, but for our football program and the university as well," head coach Bill Gray said. "When you talk about the Male Athlete of the Year, and all the sports that involves, it's just a great honor. I am excited for him, and the best part is that he is a junior, and we get to play with him for one more season."

Hill was chosen in a vote by the league's athletics directors and sports information directors.

During the 2003 season, Hill had a breakout year and led the OVC in receptions per game (8.36 rpg.), receiving yards per game (126.1 ypg.), scoring (8.2 ppg.) and scoring by a touchdown (8.2 ppg.). He also led the nation in receiving yards per game and was second in receptions per game. His 1,387 receiving yards ranked third in the nation and are the most in Samford history.

Hill was also named a consensus All-American at the conclusion of the season. In addition, he was named the OVC's Offensive Player of the Year, and finished seventh in the voting for the Walter Payton Award for the top offensive player in Division I-AA football with 58 total points in the voting. "I am shocked," said Hill. "It is a great honor considering all of the great players in the OVC."

Hill and the Bulldogs will kickoff the 2004 season on Saturday, August 28, when Samford takes on West Alabama. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Spring brought numerous other OVC honors to Samford:

Baseball

Head baseball coach Tim Parenton was named OVC Coach of the Year, and two players, Matt Alling and Stephen Artz, were selected for the All-Conference teams.

Tennis

The women’s tennis team advanced to the OVC Championships. Senior Emily Nunnally and freshman Sarah McKey were named All-OVC for the OVC Champion women's team. Nunnally, who led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, received votes for OVC Female Athlete of the Year. Freshman Bradley Weaver and sophomore Manuel Miletic were named to the All-OVC team from the Samford men's team. Weaver also was named the Men's Sportsman of the Year.

Track and Field

At the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships (held at Samford) the Samford women finished third with 96 points, and the men finished fourth with 72 points.

Women's Sports

In early June Samford also received the Ohio Valley Conference’s Women’s All-Sports award, an unprecedented honor for a university in its first year of OVC competition.

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