June 24, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU football player Curtis Clay, men's basketball player Kevin Langford, women's golfer Melissa Loh and women's soccer standout Michelle Nguyen have been named 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.
Loh was named a first team selection, followed by Langford on the second team list. Clay and Nyugen rounded out the group with third team accolades.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who excel both academically and athletically.
The awards were inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education, as well as his love for the game of tennis. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism.
Clay is a two-year letterman at wide receiver who posted a career-best nine receptions in 2008. The Lockhart, Texas, native had at least one reception in eight contests, enjoying the first multi-catch game of his career with two grabs for 32 yards in the 54-7 win over Wyoming. A contributor on a TCU offense that set single-season school benchmarks for points scored (437) and touchdowns (56), Clay closed the season with a 7-yard reception in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl win over Boise State.
Langford became the 15th player in program history to post over 1,200 career points for the Frogs on Feb. 28th and concluded his career ranked 14th in the all-time Horned Frog record books with 1,227 career points. The TCU forward became one of 10 players to reach the 1,200-point milestone in three full seasons.
The 6-8 forward became only the third player in program history to surpass 400 free throws made for his career. A mainstay in the TCU rotation in his three seasons, Langford was a starter in 91 consecutive games and posted a double-digit scoring performance in 66 of those contests. He concluded his tenure ranked sixth in the Frogs' record books for career games started.
A first-team Arthur Ashe Jr. pick in women's golf, Loh recorded a 77.7 stroke average in five tournaments during the 2008-09 campaign, helping the Frogs to their third-straight national top-20 finish. The Singapore native was named a 2008 All-America Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Nguyen, earning her second-straight Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award, played in 19 matches in 2008, starting in four of them. The junior collected three goals on the season, while recording six points. She posted a multi-goal match against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 26, helping direct a TCU offense that ended the season ranked No. 18 in the country in scoring. Overall, the Horned Frogs ended the 2008 season with a 14-4-2 record, which is the best record in program history, climbing as high as No. 24 nationally during the year.