Earlier today (or Monday for some of you) I posited that softballer Jen Yee may have had the greatest single-season in Tech’s illustrious athletic history.
Luckily, there are a lot of folks that know a whole lot about that history, and they provided some other impressive single seasons.
What makes this fun is that there is no winner. All of the accomplishments are noteworthy. It’s meant to spark discussion.
I would say, though, that it strikes me that in individual sports an athlete needs to have won a national championship to be included in the conversation, which is why some notable figures from the past, a la tennis great Kristi Miller or golf greats David Duval and Bryce Molder, aren’t on here. And not to be a wuss, but we are going to focus on the mostly modern era. Stats for the Clint Castleberrys are so hard to compare to today’s world.
Here is a summary of their emails or thoughts. Please let me hear yours, and feel free to add your submissions, just remember to include stats.
Also, this list is by no means complete. There are lot of other impressive seasons that are in the history books. Don’t feel like this is the end-all be-all:
He scored a school-record 50 points against Loyola Marymount, averaged 25.9 points per game (third-best in school history) and had four games of 40 points….as a point guard.
Included because her season isn’t over. She’s 37-2, including 10-0 in the ACC. She’s 27-2 against ranked opponents and 26-1 at Tech’s No. 1. She’s the No. 1 ranked player in women’s college tennis.
She averaged 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, with 76 assists and 62 steals. She was named to the All-ACC First Team and was an Honorable Mention All-American by the AP and Kodak.
Batted .427 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs, 33 stolen bases, 26 doubles and 92 runs scored.
The stats speak for themselves:
3,794 yards total offense (single-season record)
29 touchdown passes (single-season school record)
3,060 passing yards (2nd best single-season record)
344.9 yards passing per game (single-season record)
66.6% completion (single-season record)
175.0 pass efficiency (single-season record)
734 yards rushing (single-season record until this year)
5 touchdown passes v. Clemson (’99 single game record)
Runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting
Track and field
She won the 2004 Indoor and 2004 Outdoor High Jump titles … She won the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships and was named the 2004 Indoor and Outdoor MVP … She competed in the 2004 Olympic Games and finished t-28th. … During the magtical 2004 season, she set the school record in high jump for indoors (6-3.5) and outdoors (6-6).
Matteson won the NCAA Individual Championship with an 8-under par 276; became the first Tech golfer to win four titles in the same season; stroke average of 71.41 was eight-best in school history.
She went 45-8 and won the NCAA Singles Tournament.
He batted .434 with 20 homers, 102 RBIs, eight stolen bases and scored 78 runs.
He averaged 27.7 points per game (second-best in school history), made a single-season record 137 3-pointers and eight games of at least 30 points in the conference.
He batted .427 with 18 homers, 80 RBI, 21 doubles and four triples. He was named the National Player of the Year, first-team All-American, first-team academic All-American and ACC player of the year.
He batted .426 with 17 homers, 86 RBIs, 106 hits, 23 doubles and five steals.
She was best in the nation in several categories: batting (.568), runs (93), slugging % (1.270), on-base % (.732), walks (88) and home runs (29)…as a lead-off hitter for most of the year.