Armstrong, Headstrong

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Armstrong is one of the 153 semifinalists for college football's most prestigious academic honor.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Armstrong is one of the 153 semifinalists for college football's most prestigious academic honor.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 11, 2007

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the semifinalists for this year's Draddy Trophy today, naming Boilermaker Jared Armstrong among the distinguished group of student-athletes who made the cut. The Draddy Trophy, which is based on academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership, is college football's most prestigious academic honor.

The 2007 Draddy Trophy nominees spanned all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. Armstrong is one of only 20 special teams semifinalists. The list of 153 hopefuls includes five other Big Ten representatives: J Leman of Illinois, Kevin Trulock of Indiana, Mike Klinkenborg of Iowa, Anthony Brinkhaus of Minnesota and Luke Swan of Wisconsin. The last Big Ten Draddy Award winner was Ohio State's Craig Krenzel in 2003. Purdue's 2006 Draddy Award nominee, offensive tackle Mike Otto, advanced to the semifinals.

Armstrong already has accumulated a list of notable achievements, academically and athletically, since transferring to Purdue from Harper College. The fifth-year senior has been named to the Ray Guy Award watch list the past two consecutive years. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 231-pound native of Hoffman Estates, Ill., earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from the coaches and the media, Academic All-Big Ten recognition and Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors. His punting average of 43.1 yards per punt (50 punts for 2,154 yards) landed him second on Purdue's career punting average list.

 

 

On Oct. 25, the NFF will announce this year's finalists, who will each join the 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Class and receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The 2007 Draddy Trophy winner will be declared on Dec. 4 at the NFF's 50th Annual Awards Dinner at Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.