The first individual trophy in CSU history was established in 1929 by William and Elwood Nye, both former Aggie athletes. The Nye Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding male athlete every year and has become the most coveted trophy given out on an annual basis. Elwood Nye ran on Harry Hughes' first track team in 1911-12 and graduated with his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1914. His younger brother William ran on the track team and was a member of the 1915 and 1919 conference championship football teams, he graduated with his DVM in 1920.

Colonel Elwood Nye spent 29 years with the United States Army veterinary corps, beginning his service in 1917 when the United States entered into WWI. He served in the US Army Calvary in WWI and also in WWII. Elwood also taught at CSU for several years. After Elwood's retirement from the army in 1946, he taught bacteriology and pathology as an associate professor on the faculty at CSU Veterinary College.

His brother William enlisted in the US Army in WWI and was stationed at Fort Collins with rank of Drill Sergeant. Prior to his enlistment he served on the Mexican Border. He served in WWII, with retiring with rank of Major in the US Army Chemical Warfare Services. At CSU besides football, he ran track and also was the school's first boxing coach. William, also a veterinarian, spent most of his life in Idaho and Montana.

Both brothers supported Colorado Aggies athletics in every way possible and in 1929 decided to establish the Nye Trophy Award. They continued to come back to the school each year to personally present the award until their deaths, William died in 1965 at the age of 70 and Elwood died in 1975 at the age of 83.


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2015 Garrett Grayson Football
2014 Trevor Brown Track & Field
2013 Colton Iverson Basketball
2012 Wes Eikmeier Basketball
2011 Andy Ogide Basketball
2010 Bryce Hanstad Golf
2009 Gartrell Johnson Football
2008 Jason Schutz Track
2007 Jason Smith Basketball
2006 David Anderson Football
2005 Joel Dreesen Football
2004 Martin Laird Golf
Bradlee Van Pelt Football
2003 Brian Greene Basketball
Drew Loftin Track
2002 John Woods Track
2001 Bryan Berryhill Track/XC
2000 Kevin McDougal Football
1999 Bryan Berryhill Track/XC
1998 Moses Moreno Football
1997 Calvin Branch Football
1996 Greg Myers Football
1995 Anthoney Hill Football
1994 Mattias Borrman Track
1993 Greg Primus Football
1992 Greg Primus Football
1991 Brian Copeland Football
1990 Mike Mitchell Basketball
1989 Pat Durham Basketball
1988 Pat Durham Basketball
1987 Steve Bartalo Football
1986 Rich Strong Basketball
1985 Keli McGregor Football
1984 Terry Nugent Football
1983 Richie Hall Football
1982 Eddie Hughes Basketball
1981 Kevin Sheesley Wrestling & Football
Alvin Lewis Football
1980 Jon Sinclair Track
Ritchie Harris Track
1979 Mike Bell Football
1978 Al Baker Football
1977 Glenn Goya Baseball
1976 Mark Driscoll Football
1975 Marshall Smith Track
Theo Digerness Gymnastics
1974 Bruce Ginther Track
1973 Gary Rhoades Basketball
1972 Lawrence McCutcheon Football
1971 Rick Cooley Swimming
1970 Tom Proulx Gymnastics
1969 Bill Kishman Football
1968 Alton Lavan Football
1967 Tom Pack Football
1966 Lonnie Wright Basketball
1965 Kenneth Blair Football
1964 Del Hessel Track
1963 William Green Basketball
1962 Nick Kohls Football
1961 Kay McFarland Football
1960 Charles Newcomb Basketball
1959 Fred Glick Football
1958 Robert Weber Football
1957 Gary Hibbard Basketball
1956 Gary Glick Football
1955 William Tavener Football
1954 Joe Mohorcich Football
1953 ??
1952 Dale Dodrill Football
1951 Jack Christiansen Football
1950 Thurman "Fum" McGraw Football
1949 Don Mullison Football
1948 Alva Finck Football
1942 Jim Stinnett Football
1941 Larry Miller Football
1940 Lewis Wendel Football
1939 Joe Peters Football
1938 Norman Cable Football
1937 William Wagner Football
1936 Chester Cruikshank Football
1935 Glen Morris Track
Sam Campbell Football
1934 John Toliver Football
1933 Lora McDonald Football
1932 Albert White Football
1931 Eugene Ball Football
1930 Dan Beattie Football
1929 Glen Davis Football
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