College Football's 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class Announced
Tech's Randall one of 15 honored
November 1, 2004 MORRISTOWN, N.J. - The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Monday its 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class, which this year includes student-athletes from all NCAA divisions, I-A, I-AA, II, and III. They are:
"We are pleased to have an the opportunity to recognize college football's best and brightest with these prestigious post-graduate scholarships," said NFF Chairman Jon F. Hanson. "These gentlemen have set the standard at their institution for all future student-athletes to follow, and we salute them for their dedication in becoming standouts on the gridiron, in the classroom and in their communities."
To be eligible for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame post-graduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
These scholar-athletes will be recognized at The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 47th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Also being honored at the dinner will be the 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Division I-A Class, which will share the dais with these scholar-athletes. Each scholar-athlete receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, and that evening, one will receive the Draddy Trophy as the top scholar-athlete in the nation, increasing the scholarship to $25,000.
A multi-sport standout at Virginia Tech, Bryan Randall has been a model of consistency as the talented quarterback for the Hokies and a dedicated scholar in the classroom. He is a two-time member of the Dean's List and needed only three years to graduate with a degree in sociology and has begun graduate work toward a Master's in health promotions. He is also a mentor for students at after school programs, tutoring youth with their homework.
Head Coach Frank Beamer called Randall, "the most respected player I have ever coached." A two-time Davey O'Brien Award candidate, he was twice named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week in 2003. The Williamsburg native is Virginia Tech's all-time leader in career total offense and has thrown for more than 5,600 yards and rushed for over 1,300 yards in his career. He also was a key component of the Tech basketball team last year.
A member of Athletes In Action, Randall has participated in the Internship Urban Project and autograph nights at local elementary schools. He has also helped at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, the "Hokies With A Heart" Program and in youth recreational activities. Randall is also a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Blacksburg, visiting the local daycare center and has helped remodel area community buildings.
|William Bajema||Oklahoma State University||TE||General Business||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Jeffrey Berk||West Virginia University||OL||Education||Dayton, OH|
|Trenton Franz||University of Wyoming||OL||Civil Engineering||Fort Collins, CO|
|David Greene||University of Georgia||QB||Risk Management||Snellville, GA|
|Josh Haldi||Northern Illinois University||QB||Accounting||Madison, OH|
|James Leonhard||University of Wisconsin||FS||Kinesiology||Tony, WI|
|Michael Munoz||University of Tennessee||OL||Political Science||Mason, OH|
|Bryan Randall||Virginia Tech||QB||Sociology||Williamsburg, VA|
|Brandon Mason||Elon University||OL||Accounting||Martinsville, VA|
|Michael Quarshie||Columbia University||DL||Political Science||Helsinki, Finland|
|Craig Unger||Morehead State University||LB||Finance||Greenfield, OH|
|Ty Touchstone||E. New Mexico University||FS||Business Admin. / CIS||Lubbock, TX|
|Thomas Cleaver||Middlebury College||WR||Political Science||Severna Park, MD|
|Rocky Myers||Wesley College||FS||Biology||Frederica, DE|
|John Woock||Washington Univ. in St. Louis||DB||Biomedical Engineering||Louisville, KY|