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Big 12 Has Gordon and Kilfoyl as the Candidates for Big 12 Athletes of the Year

June 21, 2024

(This story originated with the Big 12 Conference Office and their media relations section.)

IRVING, Texas – The 2023-24 Big 12 Athlete of the Year nominees will be featured in alphabetical order by school starting Monday, June 17 through Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. CT and 2 p.m. CT.

Each institution nominated one male and one female athlete of any classification that competed for their institution during the 2023-24 school year. Student-athletes were required to be in good academic standing and had to be from a league-sponsored sport.

The 14 schools that competed during the 2023-24 academic year are eligible.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, June 26. Stay tuned to and the league’s social media platforms to see the rest of the candidates.

This afternoon’s featured candidates are Oklahoma State’s Ollie Gordon II and Lexi Kilfoyl.

Oklahoma State Male Athlete of the Year Candidate
Ollie Gordon II, Football
Jr., Fort Worth, Texas


  • Won the 2023 Doak Walker Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (coaches and AP) while being selected as a unanimous All-American.
  • One of just three players to earn unanimous All-Big 12 Honors while receiving more votes for the Heisman Trophy than any other running back in the country to finish seventh overall in the voting.
  • Led the nation in rushing yards (1,732), yards from scrimmage (2,062), 100-yard games (9), 250-yard games (2) and carries of at least 20 yards (21), 30 yards (14), 40 yards (7) and 70 yards (2).
  • Served as a Fall 2023 Stillwater YMCA food delivery volunteer.

Oklahoma State Female Athlete of the Year Candidate
Lexi Kilfoyl, Softball
Gr., Land O’ Lakes, Florida


  • One of three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award and was a First Team All-America selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Softball America and D1Softball.
  • Earned the 2024 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award unanimously.
  • Had a league-leading and ranked fourth nationally with a 1.20 earned run average while having a Big 12 best 26 wins, which were the sixth highest in the country.
  • A two-time NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and was chosen to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-America Softball First Team.

2023-24 Big 12 Athletes of the Year Nominees
Baylor - Johnny Keefer and Alexis Brown
BYU - Kenneth Rooks and Brecken Mozingo
UCF - RJ Harvey and Rayniah Jones
Cincinnati - Ty Gingerich and Juliette Laracuente-Huebner
Houston - Jamal Shead and Kelly-Ann Beckford
Iowa State - David Carr and Sydney Willits
Kansas - Clayton Simms and Camryn Turner
K-State - Cooper Beebe and Ayoka Lee
Oklahoma - Drake Stoops and Jordan Bowers
Oklahoma State - Ollie Gordon II and Lexi Kilfoyl


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