Quoted from the article link:
"Cam Newton is no Rafael Nadal.
But then, is John-Patrick Smith?
The SEC apparently holds Smith -- Tennessee's first four-time tennis All-American who finished the Vols' season ranked 10th in the nation -- in higher regard than the NFL's top draft pick, as the conference's athletic directors have made Smith the first Volunteer to win their male-athlete-of-the-year award since Peyton Manning in 1998.
Newton, meanwhile, will have to be content with the Heisman Trophy -- and a BCS national championship.
"The SEC is very proud to honor John-Patrick and Kayla, as they are outstanding examples of what a student-athlete can accomplish, both on and off the field of competition," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release this week of Smith and Kayla Hoffman, an Alabama gymnast. "Their hard work and dedication to excellence have made them fine representatives of their universities and this conference. We congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors."
Vols tennis standout John-Patrick Smith trumped Heisman winner Cam Newton and hauled away the SEC's top individual prize, winning male athlete of the year award.
For his part, Australian native Smith was only the second player to be named All-American in singles and doubles every year of his career, repeating the feat of Southern California's Rick Leach (1984-87)."