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Liberty Athletics presents Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award

April 29, 2011 : Liberty University Athletics

Zach Duke (middle) was presented this year's Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award by Jeff Barber (left), Director of Athletics. Manuel Rivera (right) is the brother of Mac Rivera, a former member of Liberty's basketball team.

Senior wide receiver Zach Duke was honored today at Liberty University's Convocation, as he was named the 2011 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award winner, the University's highest athletics honor.

The annual award was presented to Duke by Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber and Manuel Rivera, brother of Mac Rivera.

In 1975, the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award was established to honor the top senior student-athlete at Liberty University who best exemplifies the standards and lives of both of these great Christian men. Rock Royer was Liberty's first football coach in 1973. Mac Rivera was a member of Liberty's basketball team from 1972 until 1975. Both Rock Royer and Mac Rivera tragically died at a young age, with Royer dying in a plane crash and Rivera passing away after a fall.

This award encompasses more than just athletic ability. It recognizes the Liberty University graduating senior student-athlete who has maintained an exemplary testimony on the playing field, in the classroom and among the student body.