Lee Webb And Travis Watkins Honored

April 22, 2005

USC fullback Lee Webb has been named a recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, while offensive guard Travis Watkins has received a $6,000 Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA.

Webb, who started as a senior for USC's 2004 national championship team, overcame the adversity of a transient childhood that saw him living with various relatives, in group homes and with foster families. At times, he was even homeless living on the street.

The N4A's Wilma Rudolph Award honors student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Webb--a public policy and planning major at USC--and five other recipients will be honored on June 12 in Raleigh, N.C., at the N4A's annual convention.

Watkins, an international relations major, served as a backup during his Trojan career. He was one of 16 athletes to receive an NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship. The program's goal is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified ethnic minority candidates in intercollegiate athletics who intend to pursue a career in athletics.

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