Colin Kaepernick has been named the 2010-11 Doc Martie Award winners as the University of Nevada’s top male senior student-athlete, Wolf Pack athletic director Cary Groth announced Monday.
The award is named for J.E. “Doc” Martie, a former Nevada men’s basketball coach and administrator. The student-athletes are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing. The award winners are chosen in a vote by the athletics department staff.
Kaepernick, the starting quarterback since the middle of the 2007 season, turned in one of the best careers by a student-athlete in the 104-year history of Wolf Pack football. He led the Pack to a 13-1 record, a top 15 national ranking, a Western Athletic Conference co-championship and a victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in his senior season last fall.
Kaepernick, a second round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the April NFL draft, also earned All-America honors from several publications and was named the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career. A three-time All-WAC player and two-time WAC All-Academic selection, Kaepernick set numerous school, conference and national records throughout his Nevada career.
He became the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards and throw for more than 9,000 yards in a career. He is also the only player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and throw for 2,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and tied Eric Crouch of Nebraska for the national record for touchdowns by a quarterback with 59.
Kaepernick earned his degree in management in December of 2010.
“Colin is a very gifted and talented young man who always represented our program and university in the highest degree,” football coach Chris Ault said. “His career on and off the field has been extraordinary to say the least. His leadership, athletic ability and competitive attitude separated him from most.
“He truly was a champion in all respects.”