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WVU Sports

February 6, 2011

Butler, Amedro share Hardman Award

WHEELING — The winningest basketball player in West Virginia University history and the most honored football player in West Virginia Conference history have been named co-winners of the Hardman Award as the state Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Da’Sean Butler, who earned All-America basketball honors while leading WVU to the NCAA Final Four, and West Liberty University quarterback Zach Amedro, last year’s winner, share the 2010 Hardman Award.

It’s only the second tie in the 77-year history of the state’s oldest annual award selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association since 1934. The 1961 award was shared by two WVU athletes — basketball player Lee Patrone and the school’s first rifle All-American, Bruce Meredith.

Butler and Amedro will be recognized at the 65th annual Victory Awards Dinner to be held on May 1 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.

Butler ended his four-year Mountaineer career with a record 107 wins, in 146 games, while scoring 2,095 points — third best in school history behind Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley.

He became the eighth first team All-American in WVU history when he was honored by Basketball Times and John Wooden selections. The 6-foot-7 forward from Newark, N.J., also was a second-team honoree by The Associated Press and third team by NABC.

Butler helped WVU to three straight NCAA Tournament berths including the 2008 Sweet 16 and 2010 Final Four after winning the school’s first Big East championship. As a freshman, WVU won the NIT title.

He was drafted in the NBA second round by the Miami Heat.

Amedro, meanwhile, repeated as a Hardman Award winner while being runner-up the last two seasons for the Harlon Hill Award, the NCAA Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.

Amedro was a first team D-II All-American and second team Small College All-America selection while rewriting school, West Virginia Conference and national Division II passing records. Amedro set national career standards for passing yards (14,733) and completions (1,079). He is second all-time in total offense yards (14,598) and touchdown passes (126).

The two-time West Virginia Conference Offensive Player of the Year passed for 4,058 yards and 38 TDs as a senior. Amedro is a former all-state quarterback at John Marshall High School, where he passed for 6,248 career yards. He transferred to West Liberty after spending one year at Appalachian State University.

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