DAPHNE, Ala. – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and American pole vaulter Sandi Morris have been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for September.
Wentz, a National Football League rookie, led the Eagles to a 3-0 start in September. Wentz completed 66 of 102 passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions and led the Eagles to wins against Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
Morris set a new United States women’s outdoor pole vault record at 5.00 meters in the final Diamond League meet of the 2016 season in Brussels, Belgium. Morris is just the second woman in the world to clear 5.00 meters outdoors. The record capped a year in which Morris won an Olympic silver medal and a world indoor silver medal.
The two athletes are now eligible for the Academy’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award to be voted on at year’s end.
The runner up in the men’s balloting was University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and third place went to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy.
Through the first four games of the college football season in September, Jackson completed 74 of 126 passes for 1,330 yards, 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Jackson also rushed 61 times for 526 yards and 12 touchdowns and became just the second player to repeat as Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.
McIlroy shot a final round 64 to win the Tour Championship and clinch the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup title for 2016. In sudden death in the Tour Championship on 25 September, McIlroy sealed the tournament win as well as the Fed Ex Cup title with a birdie putt from 14 feet, 6 inches out.
The runner up in the women’s balloting was German tennis player Angelique Kerber and third place went to American basketball player Sylvia Fowles.
Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4 to win the U.S. Open women’s title on 10 September. The win was Kerber’s second Grand Slam singles title of the year and solidified her as the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player. She is the first German woman to win the U.S. Open since Steffi Graf in 1996.
Fowles scored 30 points as the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream 95-87 on 17 September. On 20 September, Fowles was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.
This is the 32nd year of the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Year program, which is part of the institution’s annual Awards of Sport program. Each month, the public is invited to participate by nominating and voting for the Male and Female Athletes of the Month on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Monthly winners become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor, which is selected at year end by an online public balloting. Monthly and annual winners are announced on the Academy’s website, social media, and in the monthly e-newsletter, The Sport Update.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tennis great Serena Williams were the Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2015.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.