Davis A Finalist For Socrates Award
Fans can vote on-line to determine winner
December 12, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech wide receiver André Davis is up for yet another prestigious award honoring student-athletes for excellence both on and off the field. Davis is one of eight finalists for the Third-Annual Socrates Award, sponsored by Sporting News Radio, created to honor achievement by the best of our nation's student-athletes. The Award is presented annually to the college athlete who best exemplifies excellence in athletics and academics.

Last year, the Second-Annual Socrates Award was presented to Ben Hamilton of the University of Minnesota. Hamilton exemplified the criteria of the Socrates Creed, which the Award embodies:

"Strong Mind in a Strong Body"

  • A student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a leader and quality contributor in their sport(s).

  • A student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be an outstanding student academically.

  • A student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a quality citizen in their community.

Fans can go to The Sporting News' Web site and vote for this year's Socrates Award winner. Fans are encouraged to learn more about this year's group of student-athletes nominated by Sporting News Radio and college sports information directors around the country. The list of finalists are below:

Courtney Choate (New Mexico) - Tennis; 4.03 GPA
Nuria Clau (Wake Forest) - Golf; 3.77 GPA
Stacey Dales (Oklahoma) - Basketball; 3.75 GPA
André Davis (Virginia Tech) - Football; 3.28 GPA
Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami) - Football; 3.48 GPA
Zak Kustok (Northwestern) - Football; 3.06 GPA
Eli Manning (Mississippi) - Football; 3.54 GPA
Erica Perkins (Washington State) - Tennis; 3.92 GPA

Previous Socrates Award winners include: Drew Brees, Purdue football in 2000 and Ben Hamilton, Minnesota football in 2001.

Online voting will be held and then the winner will be announced during the first week of January. The awards banquet will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the Historic Fox Theater in Detroit, Mich.