Feb. 4, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall’s Vinny Curry (football) and Andi Williamson (softball) were recognized as the 2011-12 Marshall Student-Athletes of the Year this weekend during the Herd’s men’s basketball win over UCF.
The male award is named for longtime Herd coach and administrator Ed Starling, while the female award is named for Dr. Dorothy Hicks, who founded women’s athletics at Marshall and is a member of the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame.
Curry just completed his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected 59th overall by the team in the 2012 National Football League Draft. The Neptune native was selected to six All-America teams (FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness) in 2011 while being earning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors from the league's coaches. Curry tied for second nationally with seven forced fumbles, tied for third with 22 tackles for loss and tied for sixth with 11 sacks during his senior campaign. He finished his Herd career with 49 tackles for loss (seventh in MU history) and 26.5 sacks (fourth all-time).
Williamson posted a Marshall record 25 wins last season as a junior, while compiling a 1.50 earned run average, the fifth best in school history and third in conference and recorded 268 strikeouts, two shy of the MU record. A Harts, W.Va. native, this Thundering Herd pitcher was selected to the C-USA all-conference second team, C-USA all-tournament team and was NFCA Mideast All-Region last season.