HOUSTON The University of Houston Athletics Department recognized several outstanding student-athletes at its annual All-Sports Banquet on Monday at the UH Hilton. Senior diver Anastasia Pozdniakova and junior quarterback Case Keenum topped the list of award recipients as they were named Female and Male Cougar of the Year, respectively.
Pozdniakova finished the year as both NCAA and Conference USA Diver of the Year, the NCAA and C-USA 1-meter champion and the C-USA 3-meter diving champion. She was also the runner-up in the 3-meter event and 17th in the platform competition at the NCAA Championships.  
The Elektrostal, Russia, native leaves Houston with two of the school s top-three all-time diving records. She owns the 1-meter and 3-meter records with scores of 676.15 and 763.55, respectively. She also leaves with three C-USA Diver of the Meet awards.            
In 2009, Keenum was named the C-USA Most Valuable Player, Davey O Brien National Quarterback Award finalist, Manning Award winner, Sammy Baugh Quarterback Trophy winner and C-USA Spirit of Service Award recipient.
The Abilene, Texas, native added his name to the record books this past season by becoming only the second quarterback in NCAA Division I-FBS history to pass for multiple 5,000-yard seasons. He now ranks as the Cougars career leader in touchdown passes, and single-season record-holder with 5,671 passing yards in 2009. The Cougar quarterback currently holds the crown as the back-to-back FBS total offense statistical national champion.  
The redshirt junior holds himself to a high standard off the field as well, being named to the C-USA Commissioner s Honor Roll.     
Sophomore pitcher Matthew Mo Wiley also was honored at the banquet, receiving the Robert L. Grainger Leadership Award. The honor is given to a student-athlete who shows outstanding leadership, gives back to the community and maintains excellent academic standing.
The Houston native currently serves on the Student-Athlete Council, volunteers almost weekly at Texas Children s Hospital and has worked with the Marathon Kids Organization.     

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