COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
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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SI DIGITAL BONUS
From the SI Vault: March 25, 1996
Long before A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes burst onto the scene, Livan Hernandez, the Marlins' 21-year-old Cuban defector, proved he was ready for the majors.
BY S.L. PRICE
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BURKE)
JOHN PYLE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (HOLMES)
JEFFREY A. CAMARATI/UNC ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS (SHEALY)
ROB CARR/AP (THORNTON)
GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRINER)
BILL FRAKES FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HERNANDEZ)
CHAD MATTHEW CARLSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (IPHONE)