LOS ANGELES — Former Bluejay Doug McDermott isn’t quite done taking home awards. And for the second year in a row, someone with Nebraska ties was honored at ESPN’s annual award show.
McDermott, who finished his career with Creighton as the NCAA’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 3,150 points, earned the ESPY for best male college athlete Wednesday.
Last year, Jack Hoffman received the Best Moment ESPY after the pediatric cancer survivor ran for a touchdown during the Huskers’ spring game.
McDermott beat Boston College hockey player Johnny Gaudreau, Penn State wrestler David Taylor, Albany lacrosse’s Lyle Thompson and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for this year’s award. The three-time All-American, who was also the consensus national player of the year, is now playing for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Summer League and didn’t attend the show.
McDermott tweeted afterward: “Honored to win an ESPY tonight. Couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaches, the Creighton community & the city of Omaha. Thank you.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year.
Mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year’s best performances.
Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories.
“Everybody helped me out along the way,” the Oklahoma City Thunder star said. “My beautiful mom watching at home who couldn’t be here. My favorite teammate, Russell Westbrook.”
Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather during the show hosted by rapper Drake at the Nokia Theatre.
Rousey, the first female UFC champion, won over WNBA star Maya Moore, Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Brenna Stewart of national champion Connecticut. Stewart won best female college athlete
The winners in most categories were determined by fan voting.
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks won best team. Their All-Pro cornerback, Richard Sherman, won breakthrough athlete.
The best game was the Iron Bowl matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn, with the Tigers winning 34-28 on the final play to spoil the Tide’s BCS hopes.
Led by goalie Tim Howard, the U.S. men’s soccer team won best moment for its run to the round of 16 in the World Cup.
The Arthur Ashe Courage award went to St. Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay. The former Missouri defensive end will be trying to make the Rams’ roster when training camp opens. If he does, Sam would be the NFL’s first openly gay player.
“Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” Sam told the audience.
The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott, who is fighting a recurrence of cancer first diagnosed seven years ago.
Video: Doug McDermott highlights
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