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Scandrett a finalist for national award

November 30, 2005 · MT Media Relations
GLENVIEW, Ill. - The Awards and Recognition Association today announced ten finalists for the inaugural ARA Sportsmanship Award - a new national award for NCAA Division I College Football and Middle Tennessee's Devarick Scandrett is on that elite list.

Scandrett, who earlier this year was selected as a national semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy (considered the "Academic Heisman"), is heavily involved in community service around Murfreesboro and carries a 3.3 grade point average. The Forsyth, Ga., native, who is scheduled to graduate in December of 2006, also balances his time between academics and athletics by serving on the Student Advisory Council.

"Devarick is a class individual and excels in both the classroom and on the football field," said Head Coach Andy McCollum. "We are fortunate to have a person with the character of Devarick Scandrett."

Scandrett heads into his final game as a Blue Raider this weekend ranked second all-time in quarterback sacks following a two-sack effort in last week's win at Troy.

"We knew we would find outstanding role models throughout college football, and we were not disappointed. Our selection committee will have a difficult time selecting one person to win the first ARA Sportsmanship Award," said ARA President Charles Miles.

Former Brigham Young University Head Football Coach LaVell Edwards chairs the selection committee. The 2005 ARA Sportsmanship Award recipient will be announced in mid-December.

"We are particularly pleased that these fine examples of good character and athletic excellence come from different parts of the country. Good sportsmanship is demonstrated on and off the field at all levels of amateur and professional athletics, and we expected to see strong candidates from throughout the United States," Miles said.

All NCAA Division I schools were eligible to submit nominations for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. The winner will be selected by a blue-ribbon panel of former football coaches, sports and media professionals and representatives from ARA and other complementary organizations.

To qualify for the award, an athlete must be a starting player or significant contributor on his team, be a senior in good academic standing, demonstrate great respect for competitors, school, teammates and coaches, show an ability to accept victory and defeat graciously, convey a high degree of humility and integrity, and demonstrate commitment in the classroom and to the community.

The list of finalists are:
James Anderson, Virginia Tech
Antoine Huffman, Kentucky
Luke Johnson, Southern Miss
Matthew Leinart, Southern Cal
Garyling Love, Arizona State
Ryan Neil, Rutgers
Ben Obomanu, Auburn
Devarick Scandrett, Middle Tennessee
Scott Smith, California-Berkeley
DeAngelo Williams, Memphis

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