LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Tevis Linnebur is this year’s recipient of the eighth annual Husky Mo Running Back Scholarship, given by Swede alum Mike Olson.
Linnebur, who sat out this season but has been an All-KCAC running back in the past, will be rejoining the Swedes this fall and gives them a premier running threat.
Linnebur, from Cherryvale, is the fourth recipient of the scholarship, courtesy of Mike Olson, Class of 1972. He previously won the scholarship in both 2012 and 2013.
"Anyime you have a young man that receives an award like this three times, it means he is doing something right," new Bethany head coach Paul Hubbard said. "This scholarship is not only merit-based, but it is also performance-based, and there is no one more deserving than Tevis. Mike currently holds the (Bethany) single-game rushing record of 250 yards. I know one of Tevis' goals is to break that record. I want to thank Mike for allowing us to present this scholarship, and I know Tevis will live up to the expectations."
Olson, a Swedes running back from 1968-1972, was named an All-American running back in 1971. The scholarship title comes from the nickname Olson received from his fraternity, Pi Sigma Chi. Olson was called "Husky MO" to distinguish him from another student named Mike Olson, who was called "Lean and Mean Mo." Mike's wife Jill (Schey) is also a Bethany alum, Class of 1973.
Linnebur was named to KCAC first team in 2013 and was selected to the 2013 Beyond Sports Network (BSN) NAIA Honorable Mention All-America team. He compiled 721 yards on 176 attempts and five touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 65.5 yards per game. He also added 176 receiving yards on 10 catches and one touchdown, averaging 17.6 yards per catch. In addition, Linnebur was named an All-KCAC Champion of Character Award Winner in 2013.
"We are excited to see Tevis back on the field," said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. "He is a class act that represents Bethany in the best possible manner."
The Husky Mo Running Back Scholarship is awarded, upon coaches' selection, to a running back in good standing. Other recipients of the scholarship include Sean Dahley, Junior Allen and Jafar Thomas.