Oct. 27, 2005
New York, NY - Brown All-American running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) is one of 16 college football players to be awarded the prestigious National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award. Each will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, and one of the 16 will be announced as the recipient of the 2005 Draddy Trophy, the "Academic Heisman," which recognizes an individual as the scholar-athlete of the year at the National Football Foundation's 48th annual dinner on December 6, 2005, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Hartigan is the fifth Brown player to earn a National Football Foundation Scholarship, following Brown greats Paul Choquette (1959), Travis Holcombe (1981), David Folsom (1982) and John Cuozzo (1987).
A two -time first team All-Ivy selection and Academic All-American, Hartigan is one of 16 players to be chosen by The Sports Network for the "Payton Watch" as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top offensive player in I-AA Football.
An exemplary student-athlete, Hartigan is also a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, posting a 3.91 GPA in Political Science and History. He has applied for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship to study in Oxford and Cambridge in England.
Hartigan is Brown's all-time rushing leader with 3,711 yards, fourth best in Ivy League football history, and is Brown's career leader in touchdowns (42) and points 9258), both fourth in the Ivy record book.
The nation's second leading rusher with 157.67 yards per game, HartiganHe has been named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. He ran for 245 yards on 38 carries vs. Princeton, including a 74-yard touchdown run, and rushed for a career high 252 yards and four touchdowns against URI. He was twice named the Boston Globe Gold helmet Award winner this year as the top collegiate player in New England.
Hartigan ran for a school record 1,498 yards in 2003, the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore, and is one of only three Brown players to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season. He has rushed for 946 yards in six games this season.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. With a 3.7 average GPA, 14 of the players have earned all-conference recognition on the field and 14 of them have served as captains of their teams.
Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program is the first initiative in history to credit a football player for both academic and athletic accomplishments.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S 2005 NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE CLASS
Josh Betts, Miami University (Ohio), QB, Finance, Vandalia, Ohio
David Castillo, Florida State University, C, Exercise Science/Dietetics, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Greg Eslinger, University of Minnesota, C, Health & Wellness, Minneapolis, Minn.
Grayling Love, Arizona State University, OL, Business Finance, Tempe, Ariz.
Garrett Mills, University of Tulsa, TE, Management, Tulsa, Okla. Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University, OL, Kinesiology, Baton Rouge, La.
DeMeco Ryans, University of Alabama, LB, Management, Bessemer, Ala.
Bradley Smith, University of Missouri, QB, Business Admin./Marketing, Youngstown, Ohio
Reed Doughty, Univ. of Northern Colorado, FS, Sport & Exercise Science, Johnstown, Colo.
Nick Hartigan, Brown University, RB, Political Science & History, Fairfax, Va.
Cory Cangelosi, Univ. of Central Arkansas, DB, Speech Communications, Mandeville, La.
Ryan Koch, St. Cloud State University, WR, Computer Science, Madison, Wis.
Chris Edwards, Washington & Jefferson, QB, Cell/Molecular Biology, Uniontown, Ohio
Matt Hawn, Saint John's University (MN), LB, Biology/Pre-Dentistry, Eau Claire, Wis.
Santo Maimone, Case Western Reserve, CB, Chemistry/Anthropology, Eastlake, Ohio
NAIA Tyler Emmert, Carroll College (MT), QB, Civil Engineering, Helena, Mont.