BOONE, NC (WBTV) - Appalachian State alum Taylor Lamb was recognized as the 2017-18 Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year at the league’s annual honors banquet Monday night for his contributions as a leader and superior achievement on the playing field. He is the first Mountaineer to receive the distinction since the school joined the Sun Belt prior to the 2014-15 season.
Lamb tossed a Sun Belt-record 90 touchdown passes in his four-year career as App State’s starting quarterback and compiled a 36-13 record along the way. He wrapped up his career in 2017, leading the Mountaineers to their second straight Sun Belt Championship and third straight bowl victory.
“With all the things Taylor did on the field, I think he had more of an impact with his leadership,” App State football coach Scott Satterfield said. “His leadership style he’s had put in him since the time he could walk, with his dad being a coach, his granddad, his uncle. He’s got all the intangibles you want to have as your leader, your quarterback on your football team.”
The Athlete of the Year award is the highest individual honor given in the Sun Belt Conference. The award is based on outstanding leadership, achievement and character and is given to the most outstanding male and female student-athlete among all the league’s sports each year.
This year’s female winner is Coastal Carolina volleyball player Leah Hardeman.