Grayling Love Named Semi-Finalist For Draddy Trophy

Oct. 4, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Center Grayling Love has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2005 Draddy Trophy, also known as the 'Academic Heisman', awarded to the student athlete who best combines academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Love, who graduated in May of 2004, was a National Scholar-Athlete Award winner last season. The team captain has played every position along the Sun Devils offensive line over the course of his ASU career.

Semi-finalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year ofeligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstandingfootball ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strongleadership and citizenship. Established to honor former NFF ChairmanVincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who founded the Izodand Lacoste brands, the award comes with a stunning 24-inch, 25-pound bronzetrophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

With a 3.5 average GPA and majors such as biomedical engineering, the groupincludes 106 players who have earned all-conference recognition on the fieldand 125 captains. The offensive line produced the most nominees with 45.Linebackers came in second with 30 candidates. Offense outscored the defensewith 88 to 80 hopefuls. The 16 special teams aspirants complete thecontingent. Nominees hail from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA: 63 fromDivision I-A; 44 from Division I-AA; 20 from Division II; 43 from DivisionIII; and 14 from the NAIA.

The NFF Awards Committee, comprised of former coaches, Hall of Famers andcollege administrators, will select and announce 15 finalists on Oct. 27.The winner, also selected by the committee, will be announced at the 48thNFF Awards Dinner on December 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.Each finalist will also be recognized that night as part of the 2005National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduatescholarship.

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