AU's Richardson A Finalist For Bowden Award

Ashton Richardson, a 2012 Auburn football senior, is one of three finalists for a national award.

New Orleans, La.--Auburn senior linebacker Ashton Richardson is one of three finalists for the Bobby Bowden Award that is presented to the Division I college football who best epitomizes a student-athlete.

The award, which is presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, honors Bowden, a hall of fame coach at Florida State. The winner will be announced on Jan. 4th in Miami.

Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley and Ohio State defensive end John Simon are the other finalists.

Richardson, who walked on to the Auburn football team and earned a scholarship, was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship this year. He graduated this month with a 3.95 grade point average in equine studies and has plans to attend vet school.

A three-year letterman and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Richardson was a semi-finalist this year for the National Football Foundation's Campbell Trophy, which is presented to college football's top scholar-athlete.

In order to be nominated for the Bobby Bowden Award a player must conduct himself as a faith role model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. Nominees must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have the backing of their college's athletics director and head football coach.

Barkley is a four-year starter and won the 2012 Wuerffel Award. He carries a 3.2 GPA as a communications major. Simon is a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was on the watch list for the Lombardi, the Nagurski and the Bednarik awards. He has a 3.0 GPA in sports and leisure studies.

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