Andrew Carnahan Named a Semi-Finalist for the Draddy Trophy

Oct. 17, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

ArizonaStateUniversity's senior offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan was named as a semi-finalist for the 2006 Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Tuesday. 

Nicknamed the 'Academic Heisman,' the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship

The NFF Awards Committee, comprised of former coaches, Hall of Famers and college administrators, will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 26.  The winner, also selected by the committee, will be announced at the 49th NFF Awards Dinner on December 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.  Each finalist will also be recognized that night as part of the 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving

an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

            Although Carnahan's senior season has been cut short due to injury, he started every game in which he played during his ASU career (37), was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and twice earned All-Pac-10 honors.

            Carnahan follows former ASU offensive lineman Grayling Love, a finalist for the 2005 Draddy Trophy.

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