Oct. 11, 2007
Dallas, TX - Selected as the best and the brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) today announced the 153 semifinalists for the 2007 Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and the candidates for the NFF 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Brown's Steven Morgan (New Albany, OH), the Ivy League's all-time kick-scoring leader, is among the semifinalists for the prestigious award.
One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
A two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, Morgan's 240 career kicking points are number one in the Ivy League record book. Morgan, a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has booted 43 career field goals, just two short of the Ivy League record. He has connected on 43 of 60 career field goals and 111 of 113 extra points. Morgan is also among the nation's leading punters, averaging 42.7 yards per punt, 13th best in the nation.
"The NFF is extremely proud of this year's group of semifinalists," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Their substantial commitment to academic excellence, athletic prowess and community service is commendable, and it is our responsibility to honor them for their dedication on and off the playing field. These players are the greatest illustration of how we hope to build leaders through football."
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who developed the Izod and Lacoste brands, the award comes with a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
This year's semifinalists maintain a 3.58 average GPA in diverse majors such as physics and ocean engineering. Sixty-six players have earned all- conference recognition on the field and 106 have served as captains. The offensive line produced the most nominees with 31 candidates. Receivers and linebackers followed with 26 nominees each. Offense outscored the defense with 80 to 53 hopefuls. Twenty special teams aspirants completed the contingent. Nominees hail from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, including a record 67 contenders from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A).
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 25. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2007 National Scholar- Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Draddy winner, who will receive a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.
Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for both academic and athletic accomplishments. The Draddy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique. Past Draddy winners, including two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, a Heisman winner and a 3.7 average GPA, are: Chris Howard (Air Force, 1990); John B. Culpepper (Florida, 1991); Jim Hansen (Colorado, 1992); Thomas Burns (Virginia, 1993); Robert Zatechka (Nebraska, 1994); Bobby Hoying (Ohio State, 1995); Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996); Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1998); Chad Pennington (Marshall, 1999); Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, 2000); Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami, 2001); Brandon Roberts (Washington University-Mo., 2002); Craig Krenzel (Ohio State, 2003); Michael Munoz (Tennessee, 2004); Rudy Niswanger (Louisiana State, 2005); and Brian Leonard (Rutgers, 2006).
2007 NATIONAL SCHOLAR- ATHLETE NOMINEES AND DRADDY TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
BOWL SUBDIVISION (Formerly Division I-A)
School -- Nominee Arizona -- Spencer Larsen Arizona State -- Michael Marquardt Arkansas -- Farod Jackson Arkansas State -- Matthew Reibe Army -- Connor Wicklund Auburn -- Cole Bennett Boise State -- Nick Schlekeway Boston College -- Nicholas Larkin Bowling Green State -- Kory Lichtensteiger Brigham Young -- Matthew Allen Buffalo -- Jameson Richard Central Florida -- Keith Shologan Central Michigan -- Thomas Keith Cincinnati -- Glenn Bujnoch Colorado -- Kevin Eberhart Colorado State -- Jesse Nading Duke -- Patrick Bailey Eastern Michigan -- Kenneth Bohnet Florida Atlantic -- Zachary Wichner Fresno State -- Clint Stitser Georgia Tech -- Kevin Tuminello Illinois -- J Leman Indiana -- Kevin Trulock Iowa -- Mike Klinkenborg Iowa State -- Bryce Braaksma Kent State -- Matthew Muller Kentucky -- Jacob Tamme Louisiana-Lafayette -- Lamar Morgan Louisville -- Daniel Barlowe Memphis -- Jake Kasser Middle Tennessee State -- Clinton Corder Minnesota -- Anthony Brinkhaus Mississippi State -- Dezmond Sherrod Missouri -- Matthew Crossett Navy -- Gregory Veteto Nebraska -- James Phillips II New Mexico -- Cody Kase North Carolina -- Joseph Dailey North Texas -- Raifu Durodoye, Jr. Notre Dame -- John Carlson Ohio -- Chidozie Nwokocha Oregon -- Dennis Dixon Purdue -- Jared Armstrong Rice -- Robert Heos Rutgers -- Brandon Renkart SMU -- Benjamin Poynter Southern Mississippi -- Jeremy Young Syracuse -- Ryan Durand TCU -- Chris Manfredini Tennessee -- Erik Ainge Texas -- Dallas Griffin Texas A&M -- Cody Wallace Texas Tech -- Alex Trilica Toledo -- Brett Kern Troy -- Gregory Whibbs, Jr. Tulsa -- Paul Smith UCLA -- Christopher Joseph Utah -- Stephen Tate Vanderbilt -- Hamilton Holliday Virginia -- Michael Santi, Jr. Wake Forest -- Zachary Selmon Washington -- Cody Ellis Washington State -- Alex Brink West Virginia -- Bobby Hathaway Western Kentucky -- Marion Rumph Western Michigan -- Anthony Gebhart Wisconsin -- Luke Swan
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (Formerly Division I-AA)
School -- Nominee Alcorn State -- Antonio Cooper, Jr. Austin Peay State -- James Williams, Jr. Brown -- Steven Morgan Bucknell -- Nicholas Mozal Charleston Southern -- Nick Ellis Coastal Carolina -- Elliott McKinnon, Jr. Columbia -- Justin Smith Dayton -- Brandon Cramer Delaware -- Michael Byrne Delaware State -- Josh Brite Eastern Illinois -- Jordan Campanella Eastern Kentucky -- Justin Curry Eastern Washington -- Thomas McAndrews Elon -- Charles Porterfield Georgetown -- Kyle VanFleet Hampton -- Marcus Dixon Harvard -- Noah Van Niel Idaho State -- Sterling Mennear Iona -- Christopher Lofrese Maine -- Shawn Demaray Montana -- Torrey Thomas Norfolk State -- Andre Twine North Carolina A&T -- Oritz Green III Northeastern -- Anthony Orio Northern Colorado -- Aaron Henderson Northern Iowa -- Chad Rinehart Princeton -- Brendan Circle Sacramento State -- Ryan Coogler Sacred Heart -- Jason Richardson Samford -- Jefferson Adcock South Dakota State -- Parker Douglass Southeast Missouri State -- Adam Casper Southern Illinios -- Nick Hill Tennessee Tech -- John Jackson Texas State -- Nicholas Clark Towson -- John Webb Valparaiso -- Justin Wiler Wofford -- Kevin Adleman Yale -- Alan Kimball Youngstown State -- Thomas Zetts
School -- Nominee Ashland (Mich.) -- Vincent Cashdollar Chadron State (Neb.) -- Daniel Woodhead Concordia (Minn.) -- Kole Goodchild Delta State (Miss.) -- Michael Eubanks Hillsdale (Mich.) -- Mark Nicolet Midwestern State (Texas) -- Anthony Burson Minnesota State, Mankato -- Spencer Dickinson Minnesota, Duluth -- Britt Baumann Missouri Southern State -- Colin Bado Missouri-Rolla -- Ashton Gronewold North Dakota -- Weston Dressler Slippery Rock (Pa.) -- Michael Butterworth Southeastern Oklahoma State -- Cliff Eddings Southwest Minnesota State -- Tyler Fischer Virginia State -- Theodore Washington Wayne State (Mich.) -- Frank Lietke
School -- Nominee Allegheny (Pa.) -- Mateo Villa Augustana (Ill.) -- Joel Campbell Bridgewater (Va.) -- Jefferson Highfill, Jr. Case Western Reserve (Ohio) -- Thomas Brew Centre (Ky.) -- Christopher Riney Emory & Henry (Va.) -- Matthew Assenat Gettysburg (Pa.) -- Kyle Luciano Greensboro (N.C.) -- Christopher Palme Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) -- Jared Sieling Illinois College -- Jake Weller Lewis& Clark (Ore.) -- Mike Wennerlind Mount Union (Ohio) -- Frederick Safran Saint John's (Minn.) -- John Cloeter Shenandoah (Va.) -- Chris Dooley St. Olaf (Minn.) -- Matthew Penz Thiel (Pa.) -- Michael Stimac Trinity (Conn.) -- Benjamin Willig Wabash (Ind.) -- Brian Hilts Wartburg (Iowa) -- Kyle Duchman Washington Univ. in STL (Mo.) -- Kevin Brooks Wesleyan (Conn.) -- Zachary Librizzi Western New England (Mass.) -- Kevin Miculcy Widener (Pa.) -- Jamie Schild Wisconsin-Eau Claire -- Anthony Hull
School -- Nominee Bethel (Tenn.) -- Knox Baggett Carroll (Mont.) -- Nick Milodragovich Eastern Oregon -- Michael Eby Jamestown (N.D.) -- Nathan Pederson Northwestern (Iowa) -- Scott Stahl Urbana (Ohio) -- Kevin Weber