Brink Named 2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, Draddy Finalist

Oct. 25, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior quarterback Alex Brink has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, as announced by the NFF Thursday.

As a National Scholar-Athlete, Brink will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is also a finalist for the nation's top scholar-athlete award, the Draddy Trophy. If he is selected as the Draddy recipient, the scholarship will grow to $25,000.

Brink is the fourth Cougar to earn the prestigious honor, as Jason Hanson (1991), Ed Tingstad (1988) and Greg Porter (1982) were also named National Scholar-Athletes.

Brink, one of 15 finalists from a group of 153 semifinalists, is being recognized for accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community. He will be honored during the NFF's 60th Anniversary celebration at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

In the classroom Brink is a two-time All-Academic Pacific-10 Conference First Team member and was also named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII First Team in 2007. A Danny Wuerffel Award finalist in 2006-07, Brink has made the Dean's List in each of his last six semesters, was the Outstanding Male Sport Management Student in 2006-07 and is a member of the WSU Honors College.

On the field Brink is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and is the Cougars' all-time leader in pass attempts (1,228), pass completions (718) and passing yards (9,174). Brink also currently ranks second on the career lists for completion-percentage (.585) and touchdown passes (68). With three more touchdown passes, Brink will pass Jason Gesser on the all-time career list. He also currently ranks 11th and eighth on the Pac-10 career passing yardage and touchdowns lists, respectively.

Brink has also been actively involved in the Pullman community. As a four-year member of the WSU Reading Buddies Program, Brink spends 45 minutes each week reading to children at local elementary schools. Brink was also one of two WSU student-athletes chosen for an exchange trip with International Christian University in Japan. Brink has also participated in several activities with children in the Pullman area including school functions, autograph sessions, Junior Cougar Day and middle school reading programs.

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