"He's been a pleasure to be around and has become a really great leader," John Bunting said." This kid is a potential academic All-American, and he has been awarded several community service awards, and he is up for one right now. He sets a high bar for a lot of our players to live up to. It's one thing to talk about things; Doug walks the walk. He is a real leader for our football team."
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 4, 2005 – Selected as the best of the brightest from the college gridiron, The
National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) today announced the 184 semifinalists for the 2005
Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and the candidates for the NFF 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
One of college football’s most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as
the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary
“The Draddy epitomizes everything right about college football,” said NFF President Steven J. Hatchell. “By
recognizing this group, we highlight the countless hours and demands that each college football player must balance
as they pursue their dreams of a higher education and their passion for football. The NFF has both the privilege and
responsibility to pay tribute to this exceptional group of role models, who truly embody the term student-athlete.”
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. 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.
With a 3.5 average GPA and majors such as biomedical engineering, the group includes 106 players who have
earned all-conference recognition on the field and 125 captains. The offensive line produced the most nominees
with 45. Linebackers came in second with 30 candidates. Offense outscored the defense with 88 to 80 hopefuls.
The 16 special teams aspirants complete the contingent. Nominees hail from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA: 63
from Division I-A; 44 from Division I-AA; 20 from Division II; 43 from Division III; and 14 from the NAIA.
The NFF Awards Committee, comprised of former coaches, Hall of Famers and college administrators, will select
and announce 15 finalists on Oct. 27. The winner, also selected by the committee, will be announced at the 48th
NFF 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 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for both
academic and athletic accomplishments. The Draddy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique. Past
Draddy winners, including two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, a Heisman winner and a 3.7 average
GPA, are: Chris Howard (Air Force, 1990); John B. Culpepper (Florida, 1991); Jim Hansen (Colorado, 1992);
Thomas Burns (Virginia, 1993); Robert Zatechka (Nebraska, 1994); Bobby Hoying (Ohio State, 1995); Danny
Wuerffel (Florida, 1996); Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1998); Chad Pennington
(Marshall, 1999); Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, 2000); Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami, 2001); Brandon Roberts
(Washington University-Mo., 2002); Craig Krenzel (Ohio State, 2003); and Michael Munoz (Tennessee, 2004).