Malik Reed, Rebecca Murray named Nevada Wolf Pack's top senior athletes

Rebecca Murray
Rebecca Murray was named Nevada's top senior student-athlete for 2018-19. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Football standout Malik Reed and swimming star Rebecca Murray were named Friday the Nevada Wolf Pack's most outstanding senior student-athletes for the 2018-19 season.

Murray, who won back-to-back Mountain West titles in the 100-yard freestyle as a junior and senior to go along with a slew of academic honors, was voted the winner of the Ruth I. Russell Award as Nevada’s outstanding female senior student-athlete.

Malik Reed, a three-time All-MW selection who shared the Golden Helmet Award as Nevada’s Most Valuable Player, was voted the winner of the Doc Martie Award as Nevada’s outstanding male senior student-athlete.

“Rebecca and Malik are both outstanding student-athletes and their accomplishments at Nevada, from competition to the classroom to the community, have been extraordinary,” Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth said in a news release. “They are both well deserving of these prestigious honors and we’re proud to have them as representatives of our University.”

Reed is the second football player in as many years to win the award after Austin Corbett won last year. Murray is the first swimmer since Mengjiao Mi in 2013 to win the award, but she's the fifth member of the swimming and diving program to win in the last seven years, joining divers Sharae Zheng (2018), Krysta Palmer (2016) and Grace Huang (2014).

Murray, a native of Falkirk, Scotland, captained the swimming and diving team to a second-place finish at the MW Championship. In addition to her MW win in the 100 free, which set a school record, she swam anchor for the 800 free relay team that won gold. She also earned two silver medals (200 free relay, 400 free relay) and a bronze (400 medley relay) while winning a team-high seven All-MW honors this season (three as an individual and four on relays).

Reed capped his college career with another big season, racking up 77 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks and was named first-team All-MW for the second straight season. He finished his Nevada career fifth in sacks (22) and fifth in tackles for loss (38.5). His 11 forced fumbles were first among active FBS players. Following the NFL draft, he signed a free-agent deal with the Denver Broncos.

The men’s award is named for J.E. "Doc" Martie, a former Nevada men's basketball coach and administrator, while the women's honor is named for Ruth I. Russell, a former director of women's athletics. Student-athletes are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing. The award winners are nominated by their head coaches and selected in a vote by the athletics department staff.

Both Reed and Murray made Nevada Sports Net's Nevada Dandy Dozen for the 2018-19 season. The full story is here.

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