Nate Boyer recognize as Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year
By Sara Beth Purdy on June 25, 2013
Last week, senior Nate Boyer was named as one of the two Big 12 sportspersons for the 2012-2013 academic year. Boyer, who is best known for his past service as a Green Beret, walked onto the football team as a deep snapper before earning a scholarship position and becoming the Longhorns’ go-to guy on field goals and point-after attempts.
Kansas State’s Whitney Pyle, a senior golfer, was named as the other conference Sportsperson of the Year. The award recognizes student-athletes who exhibit a high level of sportsmanship and community service. Boyer is the fourth Longhorn to receive the honor, following football’s Ahmard Hall (2004-2005) and Sam Acho (2010-2011) and soccer’s Kylie Doniak (2011-2012).
Four years ago, Boyer walked onto the team as a long snapper without ever having played football. While in high school, Boyer played both baseball and basketball because his school didn’t field a football team. He originally started out with Texas as a defensive back on the scout team, but moved to deep snapper in an effort to make a larger contribution to the team.
Earlier this year, Boyer received the 2012 Disney Spirit Award as college football’s most inspirational figure, according to Disney Sports. He also received the Armed Forces Merit Award in November, presented by the Football Writers Association of America. He was given the Distinguished Young American Award by the National Football Foundation’s Austin Chapter. Last October, UT president Williams Powers Jr. named him a member of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Veterans Committee.