Mountain West Announces 2013-14 Athletes of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Fresno State football player Derek Carr and current Boise State cross country/track and field student-athlete Emma Bates were announced today as the recipients of the 2013-14 Mountain West Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards, respectively.

Established by the Mountain West Joint Council in May 2010, the MW Athlete of the Year Awards are bestowed annually to one male and one female student-athlete who have achieved athletic excellence during the past academic year. In addition to superior athletic achievement, criterion for the MW Athlete of the Year Award requires that nominees be in good academic standing throughout their season of competition, and demonstrate good character and conduct on and off the playing field.

Carr, who was selected with the 36th overall pick (No. 4 in the second round) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, was named the 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. In his senior campaign, Carr led the nation in total offense (5,199 yards), total passing yards (5,082), passing yards per game (390.9), passing touchdowns (50), completions per game (34.85), touchdowns responsible for (52), total points responsible for (302) and point responsible for per game (24.2). He became just the fourth quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history to throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season. In addition, Carr established 27 new MW single-season or single-game records in 2013. Under Carr’s guidance, the Bulldogs won the Conference’s West Division title and went on to defeat Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural MW Football Championship Game, in which Carr was selected as the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Carr’s postseason accolades were numerous, including being named to the All-Mountain West first team and winning the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award as the nation’s top passer. He was selected to Lindy’s Sports’ second-team All-America team, while earning third-team All-America accolades from and Phil Steele. A 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar Athlete, Carr was also a 2013 Senior CLASS Award first-team All-America selection and 2013 Capital One® Academic All-America second-team honoree.

Bates capped off a stellar junior year with a victory in the 10,000 Meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Her winning time of 32:32.35 is the second-fastest in the history of the NCAA outdoor championships. Bates became the first female outdoor track and field student-athlete to win a national title in Boise State history. The Elk River, Minnesota, native also finished second in the 5,000 Meters to earn her second first-team All-America honor at the meet and propel the Broncos to an eight-place finish in the team standings. Bates won the 1,500 Meters (4:40.06) and 5,000 Meters (17:37.68) at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships en route to being named the MW Women’s Outdoor Student-Athlete of the Year. During the regular season, she set new MW all-time records in the 5,000 and 10,000 Meters with her performances at the Mt. SAC Relays (15:33.42) and Payton Jordan Invite (32:20.83), respectively. At the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Bates placed fourth in both the 3,000 (9:17.37) and 5,000 Meters (16:25.66) to claim first-team All-America accolades in each event. She also won the 3,000 Meters at the 2014 MW Indoor Championships. Bates also excelled in cross country, where she was a national runner-up with a time of 20:03.9 on a rain-shortened 6K course. She won the NCAA West Regional (19:11) and MW Cross Country Championship (20:48.15) titles, and was named the 2013 MW Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year. Over the course of the academic year, Bates earned four first-team All-MW accolades.