Davis Honored For Academic Success
Senior earns $18,000 postgraduate scholarship
November 1, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech wide receiver André Davis has been awarded one of the highest postgraduate scholarships in collegiate football, as announced Thursday by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the organization, announced its 2001 class of National College Scholar-Athletes, which represents 16 of the nation's finest college football student-athletes from all divisions of college football.

"I feel really blessed right now to be able to represent my family and school," Davis said. "This is a great scholarship and I am honored to win it. This is an absolute surprise; I had no idea I was even in the running. I want to thank the school for nominating me and for having faith in me and feeling I'd be someone who could win this."

Since 1959, when the first class was selected, 602 scholar-athletes have been awarded this high honor based on superior academic performance, outstanding football ability, strong leadership and citizenship. Each scholar-athlete will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will be honored at the Foundation's 44th Annual Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 11, 2001.

"I would have never thought I'd ever get to go to the Waldorf-Astoria; that's an accomplishment in itself. I've driven by it and, at best, I've always wanted to go into the lobby and see what it was like. But never did I think I'd be invited to a dinner there and get to stay there," Davis said. "I'm so excited about this. I don't have a tuxedo, but believe me, I'll get one for this."

One of the top wide receivers in the nation, Davis has exuded tremendous motivation and determination in the classroom as well as in leading Virginia Tech into the national spotlight.

A three-time Academic All-BIG EAST Conference selection, Davis has displayed great academic prowess in four-plus years at Virginia Tech. A Dean's List member, Davis is also a member of the Virginia Tech Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. The senior from Niskayuna, N.Y., has already graduated with a degree in residential property management.

A three-year starter at wide receiver for the Hokies, Davis is nearing 2,000 yards receiving for his career, ranking him third on the school's all-time list. In 1999, he set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 962. In addition to his pass-catching ability, Davis has established himself as one of the nation's top punt returners. Last season, he earned first-team All-America honors as a return specialist, scoring three touchdowns and averaging 22.0 yards per return, second-best on the Division I-A level.

A leader on campus and in the community, Davis was the recipient of the First Annual Niskayuna Community Role Model Award, is an active participant in the "Reading Is A Hokie Thing To Do!" program, and enjoys visiting local hospitals and speaking at local elementary schools.

"For me, this is a culmination of all the hard work I've put in while at Virginia Tech," Davis said. "I worked hard to get my degree and to get the most out of my education, and now it's paying dividends. I want to find a graduate program with either property management or a real estate program where I can use this scholarship."

This year's class has an average grade point average of 3.72 on a 4.0 scale. They are:


DIVISION I-A
André Davis - Virginia Tech; Wide Receiver; Property Management; Niskayuna, N.Y.
Vernon Fox - Fresno State University; Strong Safety; Sociology; Las Vegas, Nev.
Joaquin Gonzalez - University of Miami; Offensive Lineman; Marketing; Miami, Fla.
Christopher Hope - Florida State University; Free Safety; Communications; Rock Hill, S.C.
Jeff Kelly - Univ. of Southern Mississippi; Quarterback; Business Administration; Hattiesburg, Miss.
Patrick Ramsey - Tulane University; Quarterback; Accounting & Finance; Simsboro, La.
Tracey Wistrom - University of Nebraska; Tight End; Mathematics; Webb City, Mo.
Kyle Young - Clemson University; Center; Secondary Education; Clemson, S.C.

DIVISION I-AA
Vince Huntsberger - University of Montana; Strong Safety; Biology/Pre-Medicine; Missoula, Mont.
Peter Lee - Yale University; Quarterback; Economics; Chicago, Ill.
Adam Waugh - Illinois State University; Linebacker; Political Science; Cullowhee, N.C.

DIVISION II
Curry Dawson - Angelo State University (Texas); Defensive Tackle; Animal Science; Water Valley, Texas
Eddie Key - Univ. of Southern Arkansas; Quarterback; Economics; Chicago, Ill.

DIVISION III
Travis Ahner - Carroll College (Mont.); Defensive Back; Sociology; Helena, Mont.
Timothy Hess - Widener University (Pa.); Defensive Back; Accounting; Brookhaven, Pa.

NAIA
Eddie Eviston - Georgetown College (Ky.); Quarterback; Accounting; Ft. Thomas, Ky.