Men's Volleyball
    Robert Feathers Named 2012 Off The Block Blocker Of The Year
    Robert Feathers listens to coach Bill Ferguson
    Robert Feathers listens to coach Bill Ferguson

    April 30, 2012

    USC freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers has been named the 2012 National Blocker of the Year, presented by the Off the Block website that focuses on college men's volleyball.

    He received the award over fellow finalists Futi Tavana of BYU, the 2011 Off the Block Blocker of the Year, and Pacific's Sean Daley. The award is selected by a nationwide voting committee.

    Feathers, who made the 2012 MPSF All-Freshman team and was All-MPSF honorable mention, currently leads the nation in blocking (1.65), which is approaching Bryan Ivie's 1991 USC all-era season record (1.83) and is well above the USC rally scoring era mark of 1.25 set by Andrew Vernon in 2007 and Steven Shandrick in 2010. His 147 total blocks in 2012 is a USC rally scoring era record. He had 11 matches with at least 7 blocks, including a season-high 10 blocks in USC's road win at then-No. 1 Stanford. The Trojans won the MPSF regular season title and received the at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Championship.