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UVa's Jarmere Jenkins Named ACC Male Athlete of the Year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia senior tennis player Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) was named as the 2013 recipient of the Anthony J. McKevlin Award, given annually to the top male athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jenkins is the fifth Virginia athlete to receive the honor and the first since 2003. 

The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) votes on the McKevlin Award, as well as the Mary Garber Award for the top female athlete in the ACC, given this year to North Carolina women's soccer player Crystal Dunn. 

Jenkins is the fifth Cavalier to receive the McKevlin Award. He joins football star Frank Quayle (1969), basketball legends Barry Parkhill (1972) and Ralph Sampson (1983) and lacrosse standout Chris Rotelli (2003).

With the award, Jenkins joins a group of honorees that includes four Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers, seven No. 1 overall NBA draft picks, four College Football Hall of Famers, two No. 1 overall MLB draft picks and one Heisman Trophy winner.

"Receiving the McKevlin Award is a little overwhelming at first when you look at the list of previous winners," said Jenkins. "To join a group that includes so many great names, especially the ones that went on to become stars in the NFL and NBA, is a tremendous honor. I am going to share this prestigious award with my family, teammates and coaches who have helped me have an unbelievable four years at the University of Virginia."

Jenkins, who was the 2013 ITA National Player of the Year, ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings and was the 2013 NCAA singles runner-up. He posted a 42-6 singles record during his senior season, including winning the 2012 ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championship title in the fall. 

He was named NCAA Tournament MVP as the Cavaliers won their first team championship in May. The 2013 ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year, Jenkins ended his collegiate career by winning the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.). 

Jenkins is the first athlete in the 60-year history of the award to be honored solely for his accomplishments on the tennis courts. The only previous tennis player to receive the award was Maryland's John Lucas in 1976, who was an All-American in both basketball and tennis that year.

"It is a remarkable accomplishment for Jarmere," said head coach Brian Boland. "I am happy for him and he is extremely deserving of the award. It is a reflection of not only the hard work he put into his career at the University of Virginia, but it is truly a testament to the hard work of everyone in this program. I believe it is also a tremendous honor for the sport of tennis. The ACC is unbelievably strong in numerous sports, so for a tennis player to win this award is something our sport as a whole can take pride in."

ANTHONY. J. McKEVLIN AWARD WINNERS

1954             Joel Shankle                                    Duke                                    Track & Field

1955             Dickie Hemric                                    Wake Forest                         Basketball

1956             Dave Sime                                    Duke                                     Track & Field/Basketball

1957             Lennie Rosenbluth                        North Carolina             Basketball

1958             Dick Christy                                    NC State                        Football

1959             Lou Pucillo                                    NC State                        Basketball

1960            Mike McGee                                    Duke                                     Football

1961             Roman Gabriel                                    NC State                        Football

1962             Len Chappell                                    Wake Forest                         Basketball

1963             Art Heyman                                     Duke                                    Basketball

1964             Jeff Mullins                                    Duke                                    Basketball

1965             Brian Piccolo                                    Wake Forest                         Football

1966             Danny Talbott                                    North Carolina             Football/Baseball

1967             Bobby Bryant                                    South Carolina            Football/Baseball

1968             Larry Miller                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1969             Frank Quayle                                    Virginia                        Football

1970             Charlie Scott                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1971             Don McCauley                                    North Carolina            Football

1972             Barry Parkhill                                    Virginia                        Basketball

1973             David Thompson                        NC State                        Basketball

1974             Tony Waldrop                                    North Carolina            Track & Field

1975             David Thompson                        NC State                        Basketball

1976             John Lucas                                    Maryland                        Basketball/Tennis

1977             Phil Ford                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1978             Phil Ford                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1979             Renaldo Nehemiah                        Maryland                        Track & Field

1980             Julie Shea                                    NC State                        Track & Field

1981             Julie Shea                                    NC State                        Track & Field

1982             James Worthy                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1983             Ralph Sampson                                    Virginia                        Basketball
1984             Michael Jordan                                    North Carolina            Basketball

1985             B.J. Surhoff                                    North Carolina            Baseball

1986             Len Bias                                    Maryland                        Basketball

1987             Riccardo Ingram                        Georgia Tech                        Football/Baseball

1988             Danny Ferry                                    Duke                                    Basketball

1989             Danny Ferry                                    Duke                                    Basketball

1990             Clarkston Hines                        Duke                                    Football

1991             Christian Laettner                        Duke                                    Basketball

1992             Christian Laettner                        Duke                                    Basketball

1993             Charlie Ward                                    Florida State                        Football/Basketball

1994             Charlie Ward                                    Florida State                        Football/Basketball

1995             Randolph Childress                        Wake Forest                        Basketball

1996             Kris Benson                                    Clemson                        Baseball

1997             Tim Duncan                                    Wake Forest                        Basketball

1998             Antawn Jamison                        North Carolina            Basketball

1999             Elton Brand                                    Duke                                    Basketball

2000             Joe Hamilton                                    Georgia Tech                        Football

2001             Shane Battier                                    Duke                                    Basketball

2002             Juan Dixon                                    Maryland                        Basketball

2003             Chris Rotelli                                    Virginia                        Lacrosse

2004             Philip Rivers                                    NC State                        Football

2005             Sean May                                    North Carolina            Basketball

2006             J.J. Redick                                    Duke                                    Basketball

2007            Walter Dix                                    Florida State                        Track & Field

2008             Tyler Hansbrough                        North Carolina             Basketball

2009             Matt Hill                                    NC State                        Golf

2010             Ned Crotty                                    Duke                                    Lacrosse

2011             Ngoni Makusha                        Florida State                        Track & Field

2012             Luke Kuechly                                    Boston College            Football

2013            Jarmere Jenkins                        Virginia                        Tennis

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