2020 HOGSPYs: Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year

The Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year Award recognizes a standout student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding resilience to overcome a significant injury, personal challenge, or hardship in order to make a profound contribution during athletic competition.

This year’s nominees are:

Caleb Bolden (BSB)

  • Made his first appearance on the mound in over a year on Feb. 15, 2020, after missing the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery.
  • Best ERA by a Razorback starter at 1.12, striking out 15 and allowing only two runs all year.
  • Did not allow a run in any of his first three appearances, posted a 6.0 inning, six-strikeout showing in his final game of the year, earning the win against South Alabama (March 6).

Parker Goins (SOC)

  • Tore her ACL last season.
  • Finished second in points and goals among all Razorbacks and tied for second in assists.
  • Her points and goals ranked in the top-five in the SEC.

Abby Gray (XC/WTF)

  • Returned from tibia injury in right leg.
  • SEC Indoor – Finished eighth in 5,000m, ninth in 3,000m; SEC XC – placed 36th (7th Ark runner).
  • Member of the NCAA XC national championship team, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.
  • Indoor track – improved 3,000m career best by 21 seconds to win Razorback Invitational.

Mary Haff (SB)

  • Tore ACL at the end of 2019 season, returned to action at the start of 2020.
  • Finished second on the team in 2020 with a 1.89 ERA in 37.0 innings pitched while going 4-1 with one save, with one win coming against Nebraska.
  • Season-high 12 strikeouts vs. UIC, moved into fourth in school history in career saves.

Bailey Lovett (GYM)

  • Redshirted her freshman season, had an internal brace put through the UCL in her left elbow.
  • Competed in 3 of 4 events in every meet: uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
  • Finished the season ranked in the top 70 in all three events, 47th on UB, 70th on BB and 23rd on FX. Never scored less than a 9.825 on the floor all season – earned a career high, 9.950 against Denver (Jan. 17) …. Tied for the highest score by a freshman on the floor, won her first career title for her performance.
  • Was the leading scorer for Arkansas eight times and won three titles during her first true campaign in a Razorback leo, one on the uneven bars and two on the floor.

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