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Penn State Football: Urschel Up For Sullivan Award Honors

by on March 12, 2014 6:50 AM

John Urschel might need a new trophy case sooner rather than later. The former Penn State football player is up for yet another award.

The All-American offensive lineman has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America’s top amateur athlete. Penn State fans can log onto the AAU website and vote for Urschel, until March 23 by clicking here.

“We are extremely excited that John has been nominated for this prestigious honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “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).

A member of the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, Urschel was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, at the New York Athletic Club, during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner. He also received a special tribute for his accomplishments in the class room and on the field at the VIZIO BCS National Championship.

Three finalists will be named later in March and 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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