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Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Nominee: Scottie James

June 11, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award

As part of its wrap-up coverage of the 2019-20 athletics season, will run a series of interviews with the nominees for the 2020 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award.

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.

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

Today, we continue this series by talking with Scottie James, a senior member of the Liberty men's basketball team from Tarpon, Springs, Fla.

In three years at Liberty, James excelled on and off the court as he was a 2020 Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American and a three-time all-conference selection. One of the best rebounders in program history, James ranks No. 4 on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 891 career rebounds and also ranks No. 17 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 1,323 career points. James was a two-time ASUN First Team honoree and was named the 2019 ASUN Tournament MVP.

James was named a 2020 ASUN Winter Winners for Life for his achievements on the court and working the community as he visited local schools in Lynchburg, spoke to teens at the Up Foundation and visited adults with special needs from Katie's House. 

The winner of the 2020 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award will be announced on on Friday, June 12.

2020 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award Interviews
June 5 - Amber Bishop (Softball)
June 6 – Tanner (Ealum) Hart (Women's Track & Field)
June 9 - Ben Highfill (Baseball)
June 10 - Gabrielle Farrell (Women's Soccer)
June 11 - Anna Gragg (Volleyball)