BATON ROUGE -- Josh Reed and Britni Sneed, considered to be two of the top student-athletes in LSU history, were named the recipients of the James J. Corbett Award, the Nokia Sugar Bowl announced on Friday.
The Corbett Award is presented annually by the Sugar Bowl and is given to the top male and female amateur athletes in Louisiana. Reed, a second round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, and Sneed were honored for their achievements during the 2001 season.
Reed and Sneed mark the 18th and 19th time that an LSU athlete has received the Corbett Award during its 35-year history. It also marks the second straight year that LSU has swept the honor as last year catcher Brad Cresse and track athlete Peta-Gaye Dowdie won the award.
Reed, a native of Rayne, La., capped his record-setting LSU career by winning the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the nation's top receiver. In 2001, Reed led the nation with a Southeastern Conference record 1,740 yards receiving on a school-record 94 receptions. Reed's average of 145.0 yards receiving per contest also broke an SEC record.
Reed, a consensus First Team All-America selection as a junior in 2001, capped his collegiate career with an SEC record 3,001 yards receiving on 167 receptions despite playing only 26 regular-season games at wide receiver.
Reed set single-game SEC records for receiving with 19 receptions for 293 yards in LSU's 35-21 win over Alabama. Reed also set a pair of Sugar Bowl records with 14 receptions for 239 yards in the Tigers' 47-34 victory over Illinois.
As a junior in 2001, Sneed was the SEC Player of the Year after posting a 36-6 overall mark and finishing third in the nation in victories.
Sneed posted a school-record ERA of 0.66 and finished 21-0 with a 0.23 ERA in SEC action.
Sneed, a native of Houston, also set school records in 2001 for shutouts (16), complete games (31) and appearances (49) in leading the Tigers to the College World Series in Oklahoma City where she was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team.
As a senior in 2002, Sneed posted a 34-7 overall mark and was once again named the SEC Pitcher of the Year. Sneed capped her career with a 120-25 overall mark and a 0.89 ERA.