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Originally published June 10, 2010 at 11:37a.m., updated June 11, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Stuckey named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey upends Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey upends Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Former Kansas University football player Darrell Stuckey, a native of Kansas City, Kan., was named the Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year, the conference announced Thursday, positive news for a conference reeling from realignment talks.

“It’s a great honor,” Stuckey said. “And it was about the only positive thing that came out of the Big 12 today. I was a little surprised about it; I didn’t expect to get any more collegiate awards.”

Stuckey, a three-year starter who was selected in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, led the Jayhawks in tackles in 2009.

He leaves Kansas as one of the most accomplished defensive backs in recent memory. He played in 45 games in four years, starting every game from his sophomore season on, and finished with 295 total tackles. In addition, he finished with eight interceptions, 11 tackles for loss and was a captain in 2009. In 2008, Stuckey was KU’s lone All-Big 12 first-team selection.

Stuckey’s on-the-field contributions, which included a pair of bowl-game victories, only told half of the story of his time at Kansas.

He also was heavily involved in community service, serving on several athletic and campus committees, and became a regular visitor to elementary schools throughout Lawrence and Kansas City.

In 2009, he earned a spot on the American Football Coaches Association’s 11-man Good Works Team and also was named a Senior CLASS Award finalist. As a junior, he was tapped a Big 12 Community of Champions member.

Acts such as those have led to him being named the male athlete of the year by the Kansas City Sports Commission, an award for which he’ll be honored July 14.

Stuckey becomes the third Jayhawk to earn Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year honors in the 10 years of the award. Former women’s golfer Amanda Costner won the award in 2007, and former volleyball player Katie Martincich was honored in 2008.

The Sportspersons of the Year Award was started in 2000-01 to recognize annually student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year.

Stuckey and 2009 female recipient Holly Vise, a gymnast from Oklahoma University, were selected by a media panel. Because of their standing in the Big 12, both Stuckey and Vise have been nominated for the NCAA’s national Sportsmanship Award.

Comments

nckujayhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

Good for him! No matter what, KU has class, and Darrel is a great representative.

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DallasHawk 4 years, 3 months ago

Congrats Mr. Stuckey. He derserves it. Such a great ambassador for the University. Terrific news on crazy day.

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100 4 years, 3 months ago

Have always had a deep respect for the University of Nebraska.

That said, today, more than ever, I am extremely proud that Stuckey received this award over the Cornhuskers.

Brings me back to 76-39.

Nice job Stuckey.

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gchawk 4 years, 3 months ago

Congrats, Darrell. We're all very proud of you out here in Jayhawk land. Best of luck at the next level.

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Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 3 months ago

congrats Darrell! what a wonderful role model you are, and also a great representative of KU.

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jayhawk420 4 years, 3 months ago

headline should read VERY LAST BIG 12 MALE SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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justinryman 4 years, 3 months ago

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hawk316 4 years, 3 months ago

Darrell, you walk the talk, bro. Thanks for representing so well the University and the Faith.

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JJHawq 4 years, 3 months ago

LOVE STUCKEY!!!! HE IS EVERYTHING GOOD ABOUT AMERICA AND KANSAS - HE MAKES ME WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON!!!

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phogthedog 4 years, 3 months ago

What a shame that this story will be buried behind all the muck of the last couple of months. Mr. Stuckey displays the class to which all KU students and alumni should aspire.

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shelleysue 4 years, 3 months ago

This is quite an honor and I'm thrilled it went to an exceptional KU student/athlete!

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jhokfan 4 years, 3 months ago

Way to go Darrell!

100, wish Mark had not taken his foot off the pedal or we would have hung 100 on the blackskirts.

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