Britain Covey of Utah named Pac-12 College Football Athlete of the Year


SAN FRANCISCO – UTAH Great Britain Covey was named 2021 Pac-12 College Football Athlete of the Year, the conference announced today. The award, which is featured in each of the 24 Pac-12 sponsored sports, was created to honor college student-athletes who stand out both academically and in their respective sport disciplines.

Covey is the first Ute to win the Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year award since joining the Conference. The fifth-year catcher from Provo, Utah, graduated in commerce in the summer of 2021 with a GPA of 3.86. In November, Covey was named to CoSIDA’s District 8 First Academic Team to be eligible for Academic Honors from across America. This was his third Academic All-District selection and he was named Academic All-America after the 2020 season.

On the court, Covey is the team leader in receptions (44) and has returned two punters for touchdowns so far this season. He’s a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, three as a returner including the first team in 2018 and 2020. The school’s record holder in punt return yards, Covey is also in the Top. 10 for all-purpose career and career receiving yards in Utah history.

To be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be senior (in track and field), on track to graduate, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, participate in at least 50 percent of the competitions scheduled in sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution can nominate one person per sport, and winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the end of each sport’s regular season. The athletic achievements of the candidates are taken into consideration when voting for the award.

One varsity athlete of the year will be named in each of the 24 sports sponsored by the Pac-12: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross-country, women’s cross-country, soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf , women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball and wrestling. The award was first created during the 2008-2009 academic year.

ALSO NOMINATED: Josh McCauley, Arizona; Elijah Hicks, California; Matt Lynch, Colorado; We Keobounnam, State of Oregon; Thomas Booker, Stanford; Shea Pitts, UCLA; Nick Figueroa, USC; Jaxson Kirkland, Washington.

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