Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics
Emporia State’s record setting quarterback Brent Wilson is the recipient of the prestigious Ken B. Jones Award as the MIAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year. This is the eighth year an Emporia State student-athlete has earned the award and the second Hornet football player.
Wilson finished fourth in the balloting for the Harlon Hill Trophy after leading the Hornets to the NCAA National Quarterfinals. He was 337 of 521 for 4,244 yards and 40 touchdowns and added 316 rushing yards for 4,560 yards of total offense his senior year. He is ranked second in MIAA history on both single season passing and total offense. A three-time MIAA Offensive Player of the Week last season, Wilson is ranked third in MIAA history in single season touchdown passes and fifth in single season passing yards, is third in MIAA history in single season total offense.
He has graduated as a business management major with a minor in information systems and a 3.74 cumulative GPA. He is on the Dean’s List for the Emporia State School of Business. He has earned D2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, was an MIAA Scholar-Athlete, on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and the Emporia State Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He is a member of Chi Alpha Chi Athletic Honor Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership & Honors Organization. He earned the Emporia State School of Business Scholastic Achievement Award.
Wilson is a member of the Emporia State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Emporia State. He helped with Laps for Landon, a fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He took part in Tenth Annual Senior Prom “Pickin & Grinnin’ Country Style” as well as signing autographs at numerous functions. He was a Logan Avenue Elementary School mentor. Wilson took part in the Great Day of Service in his home town of Ponca City in 2013 and 2014 and has helped set up for numerous track and field meets at Welch Stadium.
Despite missing seven games as a junior with broken collar bone, Wilson ranks third among active NCAA Division II players in passing yards per attempt, is fourth in passing efficiency and touchdown passes, fifth in completion percentage, eighth in total offense per play and touchdowns responsible for, ninth in passing yards, 11th in completions, and 12th in total offense. He ended his career with 9,516 yards of total offense to rank seventh in MIAA history and his 8,621 passing yards ranks ninth on the MIAA career list. He was 22-6 as a starter and threw a touchdown pass in 26 of 28 starts. He is the Emporia State school record holder in single game, single season and career passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense.
The award, in its 23rd year, is named in honor of Ken B. Jones, who served as the MIAA’s first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997 and passed away in May 2004. He was inducted into the MIAA Hall of fame in the inaugural Class of 2010. This is the 16th year the Hornets have had one of the three finalists in the 23 year history of the award. Wilson is the sixth Hornet male to be named a finalist and the second winner. The Lady Hornet basketball and women’s track and field programs have each produced three award winners for Emporia State.
Emporia State Ken B. Jones Award Winners
1996-97 Deandra Doubrava, Volleyball/Track & Field
1998-99 Deandra Doubrava, Track & Field
2000-01 Emily Bloss, Basketball
2002-03 Sarah Wuertz, Track & Field
2003-04 Tyler Paul, ESU, Football
2007-08 Michelle Stueve, Basketball
2009-10 Cassondra Boston, Women’s Basketball
2015-16 Brent Wilson, Football
Emporia State Finalists for Ken B. Jones Award
2016 *Brent Wilson, Football
2013 Ben Carlson, Football
2012 Katie Mona, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
2011 Allie Volkens, Women’s Basketball
2010 *Cassondra Boston, Women’s Basketball
2008 *Michelle Stueve, Women’s Basketball
2008 Brian Majors, Baseball
2007 Michelle Stueve, Women’s Basketball
2007 Andy Vogelsberg, Men’s Track & Field
2004 *Tyler Paul, Football
2003 *Sarah Wuertz, Women’s Track & Field
2003 Dontaye McCoy, Football
2002 Heather Leverington, Women’s Track & Field
2001 *Emily Bloss, Women’s Basketball
1999 *Deandra Doubrava, Women’s Track & Field
1997 *Deandra Doubrava, Women’s Track & Field/Volleyball
Finalists announced beginning with 2001 Award