Ryans a Finalist

Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans is one of 24 finalists for one of the Southeastern Conference's top athletics awards.

Twenty-four student-athletes, one male and one female from each Southeastern Conference institution, have been chosen by their respective schools as recipients of an SEC Post-graduate scholarship and are finalists for the 2005-2006 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday.

Each finalist will receive a $5,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies. The SEC Faculty Athletics Representatives Boyd McWhorter Selection Committee will choose the outstanding male and female student-athlete and each will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The winners of the McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced on Thursday, April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day. On Wednesday, the SEC will announce the recipients of the SEC Community Service Award, also chosen by the SEC Faculty Athletics Representatives. The recipients each receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.

"The Southeastern Conference is proud to recognize these 24 student-athletes for their accomplishments in their academics and athletics endeavors," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "These student-athletes have shown everyone what it takes to be a winner in every aspect of life. This group of student-athletes are excellent representatives of their universities and communities."

The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in 1986. The award was renamed the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in May 1990 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1972-86.

National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.

The award will be presented to the two winners on June 1 at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla.

FEMALE WINNERS

SCHOOL Name Sport Hometown
ALABAMA, Beth Mallory, Track and Field, Ashland, Ohio
ARKANSAS, Dana McQuillan, Gymnastics, West Orange, New Jersey
AUBURN, Angela Homan, Track and Field, Spencerville, Ohio
FLORIDA, Sarah Lowe, Basketball, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
GEORGIA, Lauren Burks, Track and Field, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
KENTUCKY, Vicki Goss, Rifle, Palmyra, Pennsylvania LSU, Stephanie Hill, Softball, Harahan, Louisiana
OLE MISS, Hillary Beckman, Soccer, Anchorage, Kentucky
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Callye Williams, Softball, Katy, Texas
SOUTH CAROLINA, Tracey Richardson, Swimming and Diving, Essex, England
TENNESSEE, Betsy Brockman, Swimming and Diving, Batavia, Ohio
VANDERBILT, Erica Grimaldi, Basketball, Kansas City, Missouri

MALE WINNERS

SCHOOL Name Sport Hometown
ALABAMA, DeMeco Ryans, Football, Bessemer, Alabama
ARKANSAS, Eric Brown, Track and Field, Baldwin City, Kansas
AUBURN, Douglas Van Wie, Swimming and Diving, Charlotte, North Carolina
FLORIDA, Darren O'Day, Baseball, Jacksonville, Florida
GEORGIA, Ryan Schnetzer, Football, Newnan, Georgia
KENTUCKY, Taylor Begley, Football, Danville, Kentucky
LSU, Rudy Niswanger, Football, Monroe, Louisiana
OLE MISS, Sidney McLaurin, Football, Brandon, Mississippi
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Jose Pinto, Tennis, Sao Paulo, Brazil
SOUTH CAROLINA, Tom Eklund, Tennis, Hollviken, Sweden
TENNESSEE, Matthew Lapp, Cross Country, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
VANDERBILT, Tyler Harlan, Cross Country, Fayetteville, Arkansas CHARLES R. BLOOM Associate Commissioner Southeastern Conference 2201 Richard Arrington Blvd. North Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 458-3010 - Office (205) 458-3030 - Fax cbloom@sec.org


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