Anthony Reyes Named A Semifinalist For The Draddy Trophy

Oct. 1, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University senior linebacker Anthony Reyes has been named a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy. The award is referred to as the 'Academic Heisman,' and it recognizes a college football player as the best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

Reyes, an interdisciplinary studies major at ASU, has played in all four games this season as part of the coverage units on special teams and recorded four tackles. In 2007, he played in 12 games and had eight tackles, including three in the team's victory over Arizona.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Established to honor former National Football Foundation Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who developed the Izod and Lacoste brands, the award comes with a 25- pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

'The Draddy semifinalists represent everything good about college football,' said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. 'They are another fine example of how football builds leaders, and it is the NFF's duty to promote their accomplishments while encouraging future generations of gridiron standouts to aim high on and off the football field.'

The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2008 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 9 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

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