Sportsman of the Year: Runners-up

January 23, 2011 

2 | Randall Cobb

2010 achievements: The UK wide receiver set an SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396) and the Kentucky career record for touchdowns (37) and was named a first-team Associated Press All-American as an all-purpose player.

Comment: "Cobb may be from Tennessee but he's now a Kentuckian and no Wildcat fan will argue that point. He's the rare superstar who placed more emphasis on the name on the front of the jersey rather than the one on the back. ... Great Wildcat football players will be compared to him for decades to come." — Larry Glover, WVLK radio, Lexington

3 | John Calipari

2010 achievements: First-year coach led UK to a 35-3 record, the SEC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA Tournament round of eight. Also organized a telethon that raised more than $1 million for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Comment: "Thirty-five wins and epic recruiting are nice, but the Haiti telethon is the difference maker." — Lachlan McLean, WHAS radio, Louisville

4 | Victoria Dunlap

2010 achievements: Kentucky forward was named SEC Player of the Year after averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds and leading the Cats to a 28-8 record and the NCAA Tournament round of eight.

Comment: "In a conference dominated by the likes of Tennessee, LSU and Georgia, Dunlap was completely deserving of her SEC Player of the Year honor for an outstanding season that led the Wildcats on an amazing post-season run." — Linda Younkin, The State Journal, Frankfort

5 | Calvin Borel

2010 achievements: When the Louisville-based Borel booted Super Saver to Kentucky Derby victory, it made him the first jockey in the history of America's premier horse race to win the roses three times in four years.

Comment: "A Derby trifecta and he hasn't changed a bit." — Kent Taylor, WAVE TV, Louisville

6 | Matthew Mitchell

2010 achievements: Kentucky women's basketball coach was named SEC Coach of the Year and led the Wildcats to a 28-8 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

Comment: "Matthew Mitchell led the UK women's team to its best season in school history after being picked to finish 11th in the SEC — and he did it all with a sense of humor that makes him so endearing. Do the Dougie!" — Mary Jo Perino, WLEX TV, Lexington

7 | Elisha Justice

2010 achievements: Point guard led tiny Shelby Valley High School to the All 'A' Classic title, the Sweet Sixteen championship and was named both state tournament MVP and Mr. Basketball.

Comment: "(Justice) could have easily jumped ship from his commitment to walk on at Louisville and taken UK's scholarship offer. But I admire a young person who will hold true to his word. He did, and it eventually worked out and he got the scholarship at U of L. Of all our kids going to big-name schools, he will be a winner." — Jim McAlister, The News-Journal, Corbin

8 | Pearse Lyons

2010 achievements: The founder and president of biological sciences company Alltech is considered by many as the savior of the World Equestrian Games because of the multi-million commitment he made and the personnel his company invested in the Lexington event.

Comment: "Pearse Lyons made a smashing success out of what I thought was going to be a monumental disaster." — Bruce Engel, Lexington Herald-Leader

9 | Jim Host

2010 achievements: The longtime Lexington college sports marketing guru was the driving force behind the construction of the $238 million KFC Yum Center in downtown Louisville, which opened to (mostly) rave reviews.

Comment: "Jim Host was the lead dog — and a bulldog at that — in the construction of the magnificent KFC Yum Center, a sports and entertainment venue that is second to none." — Paul Rogers, WHAS radio, Louisville

10| Rajon Rondo

2010 achievements: Ex-Kentucky point guard from Louisville helped lead the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team and made his first All-Star game appearance.

Comment: "Rajon was the straw that stirred the drink as he led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals." — Ron Bailey, The Ledger Independent, Maysville

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