Friday, February 27, 2015

Penn State's Urschel nominated for scholar-athlete award

Penn State guard John Urschel is among the candidates to win a 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

Penn State's Urschel nominated for scholar-athlete award

Penn State guard John Urschel has been named a candidate for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award presented to a college athlete who combines outstanding football performance and academic ability with strong leadership and citizenship.

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound senior owns a 4.0 grade-point average and holds both a bachelor and masters degree in mathematics. He is working on a second masters degree in math education, and is teaching a course on “Integral Vector Calculus” this semester.

Urschel, an All-Big Ten selection last season, is expected to start his 17th consecutive game for the Nittany Lions on Saturday. He is on the watch lists for the 2013 Outland Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award, and is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.

Later this year, the National Football Foundation awards committee will select up to 16 scholar-athletes from every level of college football, with each winning an $18,000 fellowship.

From that group, the NFF will designate one as Scholar-Athlete of the Year, awarding him with the William V. Campbell Trophy and an additional $7,000 in scholarship money. The award winners will be honored Dec. 10 in New York.

Sixteen Penn State football players have been honored with an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award, the last being offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski in 2010.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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