Husker Power - Strength and Conditioning - Awards

By NU Athletic Communications

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The Lifter of the Year Award has been given since 1973 to recognize improvement of athletic performance through strength and conditioning efforts.  Long jumper Ron Childs, having lifted 750 lbs. on the leg press for 30 repetitions, gained respect of the student-athletes and was named the first Lifter of the Year.  In 1974, Rik Bonness was the first football player named the Lifter of the Year, and won again in 1975.  He was 188 lbs. as a freshman and played offensive center.  Rik was a two-time All-American Center, even though he topped the scales at 224 lbs. as a senior.  Rik, drove 50 miles each day, all summer, to train in Lincoln.  Amy Williams, Head Women's Basketball Coach, as Lifter of the Year in 1997.

The Husker Power Athlete of the Year Award was updated in 2015 to encourage the most talented student-athletes to train hard.  

Student-athletes are motivated as only the best from each sport get invited.  This prestigious event spotlights the squat, which is the most important exercise that can help Nebraska student-athletes.  Football uses both the squat and clean.  As the best student-athletes improve, the entire team gets better.  

Khalil Davis

The Husker Power Athlete of the Year, from each participating sport, receives an award and has their name displayed on the Record Platform in the Suh Strength and Conditioning Center.




Husker Power Athlete of the Year Procedures

Husker Power Athlete of the Year Winners 


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