USC Football's Mike Van Raaphorst Receives $5,000 NACDA Grant

Dec. 20, 2000

LOS ANGELES - USC senior quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst has received a $5,000 grant for use in post-graduate study from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Foundation.

The NACDA Preseason Games grant is awarded to one player from each team that participated in the 2000 Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic. USC defeated Penn State, 29-5, in this past fall's Kickoff Classic.

Van Raaphorst will be honored on June 12, 2001, during NACDA's annual convention.

Van Raaphorst had a team-best 3.72 GPA while taking classes in USC's M.B.A. program this fall (he received his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and political science last spring).

He was USC's backup quarterback in 2000. His only appearance in this season came in the second half of the Washington State game, when he led the Trojans to all of their 27 points by going 17-of-28 for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. A 15-game starter in his career, he is ninth on USC's all-time passing list (249 completions) and 17th on the Trojans' career total offense chart (3,042 yards). Against Stanford in 1999, he set USC single game passing yardage (415 yards) and total offense (390 yards) records.

Other winners of the NACDA Preseason Games grants were Penn State linebacker Brandon Steele, BYU safety Jared Lee and Florida State quarterback Marcus Outzen.

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