Best College Player - 2009
Readers' Choice: Matt Barkley
His nickname is "Ammo" and coaches at opposing colleges call him "a stud," but life on the volleyball court wasn't always easy for Ryan Ammerman. The 6-foot-9, UC Irvine social-sciences major struggled with inconsistent play as a junior on a team loaded with talent. But what the Colorado native accomplished this year was nothing short of phenomenal. In Utah this past May, Ammerman helped lead the 'Eaters to the national championship over USC with a performance that won him Most Outstanding Player honors, based on his 13 total blocks, 55 set assists and six kills.