Michael Marquardt Named Semi-Finalist for Draddy Trophy

Oct. 11, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior defensive tackle Michael Marquardt has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2007 Draddy Trophy, also known as the 'Academic Heisman', awarded to the student athlete who best combines academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Marquardt, a transfer from BYU, was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2006. As a starter, the team captain has totaled 31 tackles thus far in his Sun Devil career.

Semi-finalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA 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. Established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who founded the Izod and Lacoste brands, the award comes with a stunning 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

This year's nominees contain a 3.58 average GPA in diverse majors such as physics and ocean engineering; 66 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 announce the 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.

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