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Penn State Football: Urschel Selected As A Finalist For AAU Sullivan Award

by on March 28, 2014 5:11 PM

John Urschel is a step closer to yet another prestigious award as the former Nittany Lion was announced as a finalist for the AAU Sullivan award on Friday.

The All-American offensive lineman was named a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award earlier in March. The award is presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America’s top amateur athlete.

“We are extremely excited that John has been nominated for this prestigious honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said at the time. “It is a tremendous recognition not only for John but for Penn State football, the National Football Foundation and all of college football. We would like to thank the Sullivan Award Committee as well as Penn State Athletics Director Dave Joyner, who has been an enormous supporter of National Football Foundation and its efforts to promote the scholar-athlete ideal.”

If selected, Urschel would join a long line of winners since the award's creation in 1930. Notable recipients include Felix “Doc” Blanchard (Army, 1945), Arnold Tucker (Army, 1946), and Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), and NFF National Scholar-Athletes and William V. Campbell Trophy winners Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) and Andrew Rodriguez (Army, 2011).

Urschel was selected from a pool of 19 semifinalists. The list has since been narrowed to Urschel, University of Florida track and field athlete Cory Ann McGee and University of Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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