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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 8, 2008

Osborn Named Semifinalist For Draddy Trophy

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Joel Osborn has been named a semifinalist for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, college football's most prestigious academic honor.

Osborn, a native of Harlan, Iowa, is one of 15 Division II semifinalists and one of two representing the MIAA. He and Central Missouri linebacker Adrian Singletary are two of 164 semifinalists representing all levels of college football.

"The Draddy Trophy is one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards," said National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Draddy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "It recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership, and we're proud to select the next winner from this remarkable group of semifinalists."

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Osborn, a math education major with a 3.59 GPA, has thrown for the ninth-most yards in Northwest history (3,718). This season, he's completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's the second-leading passer in the MIAA and ranks 19th nationally. He also ranks 21st nationally in pass efficiency and 36th in total offense, accounting for 238.5 yards per game.

For his work in the classroom, Osborn was given a Bobby at Northwest for his excellence in the field of education. He's a four-time member of the Dean's List and in three semesters has turned in a 4.0 GPA.

Osborn has worked numerous youth football camps during the summer and given numerous private football lessons to Maryville's youth. Along with his teammates, he picked up after last winter's ice storm, cleaned ditches on Highway 71 and raked lawns.

The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2008 National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The Draddy winner will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 9 at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for both academic and athletic accomplishments. The Draddy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and a Heisman winner. The University of Texas's Dallas Griffin was named the 2007 Draddy recipient.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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