The 2014-15 athletic year has all but come to a close, and that can only mean one thing: end-of-year awards. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, Inside NU will hand out seven different awards to celebrate the top players, coaches and games of the year in Northwestern sports.
Following a week of your voting, we have landed on our winners. In the tightest vote out of all the categories, one senior Wildcat pulled away.
Ibraheim Campbell, Football - From the day he won a starting safety spot as a redshirt freshman, Campbell was an impact player for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern. He was NU's leading tackler in his first season with 100, and while his numbers declined every year since, he developed into one of the best all-around safeties in the Big Ten. He was a major contributor on Northwestern's Gator Bowl winning squad, and finished his career tied for third on NU's all-time interceptions list with 11.
Mike McMullan, Wrestling - McMullan made history in his time at Northwestern, becoming the first ever Northwestern wrestler to earn not one, not two, not three, but four All-American honors in his time with the program. A heavyweight, McMullan came ever so close to winning a national championship -- he finished 3rd at the NCAAs as a freshman, junior and senior, and 2nd as a sophomore -- but finally broke through and won a Big Ten Championship as a senior.
Tyler Miller, Men's Soccer - Miller had a brilliant career in Evanston. After winning the starting goalkeeper job as a freshman, he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team three times, and was a unanimous selection for Goalkeeper of the Year as a senior. He also won two Big Ten titles with the Wildcats, and in 2014, conceded just 13 goals in 22 games. He was drafted by MLS's Seattle Sounders in January, and was recently called up to the U.S. Under-23 National Team. For more on Miller, we profiled him and his European adventure back in January.
Kara Mupo, Lacrosse - Despite battling through injuries, including one that ended her 2013 season before it even got started, Mupo had an illustrious four year career at Northwestern. She was a key contributor on both the 2011 and 2012 national championship teams, scoring two goals in the 2011 final to help NU edge Maryland, 8-7. She finished her career with 138 total goals.
Brandon Vitabile, Football - Vitabile started every single game -- all 50 of 'em -- of his four year career at NU, and was not only a rock in the middle of the offensive line, but was one of the main offensive leaders. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in early May.
Mike McMullan, Wrestling
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