2017-18 Tucker, Falls Award Winners Named

Ty Reasnor and Madison Nagel were named the top senior student-athletes at Arkansas Tech University at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.

Reasnor received the 2018 John Tucker Award as the top graduating male student-athlete at ATU, while Nagel was presented with the 2018 Jeanice Falls Award as the top graduating female student-athlete at ATU.

The award winners were selected by the Arkansas Tech Faculty Athletic Committee. Dr. Robin Lasey, associate professor of chemistry and NCAA faculty athletic representative at ATU, made the announcements.

Reasnor was the starting quarterback for a Wonder Boys football team that compiled an 8-4 overall record, finished tied for second in the Great American Conference standings and earned a berth in the 2017 Agent Barry Live United Bowl under the direction of head coach Raymond Monica.

He completed 203-of-326 pass attempts for 2,483 yards with 21 touchdown passes and five interceptions during fall 2017. His 62.3 percent completion rate is the highest single-season completion percentage in ATU football history.

A product of Cashion, Okla., Reasnor’s accuracy in 2017 was further underscored by the fact that he went 213 consecutive pass attempts without an interception at one point during the season.

His 2017 figures also placed him among Tech’s all-time, single-season leaders in touchdown passes (4th) passing yardage (5th).

Reasnor was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as the 2017 Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II.

Nagel appeared in all 36 matches for the Golden Suns volleyball team during the 2017 season. Her performance as a defensive specialist helped Arkansas Tech finish 35-1 overall, win the GAC regular season title, capture the GAC Tournament title and reach the NCAA Division II Tournament under the direction of head coach Kristy Bayer.

A product of Rowlett, Texas, Nagel established a new ATU career record for digs with 2,359. She is one of two GAC student-athletes to ever reach the 2,000 digs plateau in her career.

Nagel holds four of the top eight single-season dig totals in Golden Suns’ history, including a school-record 701 digs as a freshman in 2014. She notched 575 digs as a senior in 2017, fourth-most in Tech history.

The 2014 GAC freshman of the year and defensive player of the year, Nagel also earned All-GAC honors in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Her career at ATU volleyball career included a four-year record of 111-26, three regular season GAC championships, two GAC Tournament titles and two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

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