Kellem nominated for 3rd Annual Rudy Awards

Fans Can Now Place Votes and Review Nominations

December 10, 2009 ·

LAS VEGAS, NV - Middle Tennessee nominated Blue Raider Junior Safety Jeremy Kellem for the THIRD ANNUAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUDY AWARDS", it was announced today by The Rudy Foundation 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Forty-nine of the 120 Division I FBS football programs and all Division I FBS Conferences were represented in the nominations for the Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary CHARACTER, COURAGE, CONTRIBUTION and COMMITMENT as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film "RUDY" in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.

Three RUDY AWARDS" finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee, as well as through fan voting, and honored at a breakfast to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Convention on January 11, 2010, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, in Orlando, FL. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.

Each finalist will be presented with a classic finalist award and have an academic scholarship made in his name to the general scholarship fund of his college or university, as well as have travel expenses paid to the event. An overall winner will be chosen and presented with the top scholarship and bronze RUDY AWARD trophy.

Fans can review nominations and place their votes from December 4-15 for the most deserving player at www.CollegeRudyAwards/NomineeSearch.aspx.

Jeremy Kellem, it was stated in the school's nomination materials, is a true role model. He made his way to Murfreesboro, Tennessee from North Lauderdale, Florida and immediately had to deal with life on his own. Mature beyond his years, Kellem has been a popular figure among his teammates and is a person they look up to. He is one of the first ones to volunteer for any community service. He helps with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, visiting the area VA Hospital, and reading to elementary students, while helping organize the annual coat drive that provides coats for the less fortunate.

"We established this award as a special way to honor and recognize college football players for the size of their hearts instead of the enormity of their stats," said Rudy Ruettiger. "Our first two years in Anaheim and Nashville were tremendous successes and we are excited to continue to build the RUDY AWARDS" into one of the top collegiate honors. The fact that we again had more than 40% of the Division I football programs submitting nominations, with every conference represented, speaks volumes about the importance of CHARACTER, COURAGE, CONTRIBUTION and COMMITMENT in sports and in our society."

The 2009 Award Selection Committee includes football coaches Barry Alvarez, David Bailiff, Gary Barnett, Fisher DeBerry, Dennis Franchione, June Jones, Chuck Knox, Gary Patterson, Buddy Pough, Jackie Sherrill and Dick Tomey, as well as former Washington Redskins Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and NFL Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson. Prominent businessman Peter Murphy, Jr., again will serve as Chairman.

Fan votes for the RUDY AWARDS" also will contribute to the Selection Process. Finalists will be announced December 16 and listed on www.CollegeRudyAwards.com.

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