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COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

TREY BURKE

KHALED HOLMES

LOREN SHEALY

BRITTNEY GRINER

TAYLOR THORNTON

There's a new award on the college sports landscape: This year SI is selecting its inaugural men's and women's College Athlete of the Year. SI editors selected five male and five female athletes who have achieved athletic distinction and have had an outsized impact in the classroom or in their communities. Beginning on May 8, fans can go to SI.com/collegeathlete to vote for their favorites. The winning male and female athletes will be announced on SI.com on May 22 and will be featured in the May 27 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

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