July 10, 2013
The Colorado State department of athletics will release its 2012-13 award winners over three segments this summer, beginning today with the “Fum” McGraw Award. The top scholar-athletes will be announced on Wednesday, July 17, as the Merrill-Gheen Award (most outstanding male scholar-athlete) and the Mencimer Memorial Award (most outstanding female scholar-athlete) will be released. On Wednesday, July 24, the department will announce its 2012-13 recipients of the Nye Trophy (most outstanding male athlete) and Virginia K. Frank Award (most outstanding female athlete). For more information on CSU’s annual awards, including past winners, visit here.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State’s Izzy Gaulia (volleyball) and Dorian Green (men’s basketball) have been selected as joint recipients of the “Fum” McGraw Award.
Established in 2002, the “Fum” McGraw Award is presented annually to the CSU student-athlete who best exemplifies academic and athletic excellence, character, leadership, service, and Ram pride. Gaulia and Green were selected by the senior leadership team upon recommendations from head coaches, senior staff, media relations and academic services.
In 2012, Gaulia, a native of Glendale, Ariz., ranked third in the Mountain West with 4.23 digs per set. She also added 17 service aces, tied for second on the team. Additionally, her leadership and energy helped the Rams to a 21-8 record and a fourth consecutive MW title.
“This is a very special award, and I'm very honored that I was picked,” Gaulia said. “I would like to thank everyone over the four years who have been there to support CSU athletics. They are the ones who inspire me and other athletes to be the best we can be for CSU, both as students and athletes. I'm very appreciative for the great experiences I had and the amazing memories I'll always have with me.”
Gaulia concluded her career ranked fourth in CSU history with 1,164 career digs and third with 3.13 digs per set. She holds the school records for digs in a single-match (39 vs. Oregon in 2011) and in a single season (508 in 2011). As a junior, she was named the Mountain West Championships Outstanding Libero after helping the Rams to the tournament title. In her four years, CSU won four MW championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament each season, including the Sweet 16 in 2009.
Off the court, Gaulia was a four-time MW Scholar-Athlete, graduating from CSU in May with a 3.66 GPA and a degree in business administration. She was selected as her team’s most inspirational player and as a senior was secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
“You won’t find a more dedicated Ram,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “She’s all about Colorado State and her experience here. She puts 110 percent into everything she does, and that’s what a Ram is. She’s the kind of person that this university should be proud of.”
Green, a native of Lawrence, Kan., earned second-team All-MW honors as a senior in 2012-13, ranking second on the team with 13.0 points per game while leading the Rams to a program-best 26-9 record. He paced CSU with 124 assists during his final season, and poured in a season-high 26 points to lead CSU to an 84-72 victory over Missouri in the NCAA tournament second round, before the squad fell to eventual national champion Louisville in third-round action.
A Capital One Academic All-District honoree in 2013, Green’s focus on academics was evident throughout his career as he earned a degree in health and exercise science, graduating in May with a 3.43 cumulative grade-point average to earn Academic All-MW honors.
Green finished his playing career at CSU among the program’s all-time best on the hardwood, playing in a school-record 130 career games and leading the squad to 81 victories and four straight postseason appearances during his time in a Rams’ uniform. He ranks No. 6 all-time in career scoring (1,464 points), fourth in career assists (373), fifth in career free-throws made (385) and third in career three-pointers (197).
“I feel honored to receive the “Fum” McGraw Award,” said Green. “My four years at Colorado State were truly a blessing, and I loved my time there spent as a student-athlete.”
The award is named after perhaps the most prominent figure in CSU athletics history, Thurman "Fum" McGraw. McGraw, who passed away in 2000, was an outstanding athlete in football, wrestling and track at Colorado State (then known as Colorado A&M) from 1946-50. He was the first football player in school history to earn consensus All-America honors and was also named an All-American in wrestling and track. After playing professionally for the NFL’s Detroit Lions (winning two world championships, earning all-pro honors three times and serving as team captain), he pursued coaching careers at both CSU and in the NFL. He returned to Colorado State as the Director of Athletics in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. McGraw was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame, the state of Colorado Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. The McGraw Athletic Center is named in his honor.
A list of past winners of the “Fum” McGraw Award can be found here.