Obomanu Under Consideration For Draddy Trophy

Auburn, Ala.--Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who is playing his senior season as a graduate student, has been named a semi-finalist for an award presented by the National Football Foundation And College Hall of Fame.

Obomanu is under consideration for the Draddy Trophy, which is presented to a college football player "who is the absolute best in combining academic success, football performance and exemplary community success."

A senior in eligibility, Obomanu is an honor student who graduated from Auburn University in three years with a degree in finance. He is a member of the dean's list, the National Student-Athlete Honor Society and was named to the All-SEC Honor Roll in 2003 and 2004 and to the Freshman SEC Honor Roll in 2003.

Ben Obomanu makes a touchdown catch in Auburn's 48-7 victory over South Carolina.

On the field, he is one of Auburn's top players. He leads the Tigers this season in receiving with 16 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns. For his career Obomanu has 16 TD receptions, which is third in school history. He has 80 career receptions and 1,136 receiving yards. Both totals are 15th all-time in AU history.

The wide receiver from Selma is a frequent speaker at elementary schools. He has been a volunteer for the National Youth Sports Program, participated in the Toys for Tots program, the Beat Bama Food Drive and he has been a speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The Draddy Award, which is for NCAA football players in all divisions, includes a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship to the winner. There will be 15 finalists announced on Oct. 27th and the winner will be honored on Dec. 6th at an awards dinner in New York City.

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