Ryan Foltz, a 6-2, 225-pounder, is a team captain for the 10th-ranked Bears and is second on the team in tackles (29) this season for a defense that is ranked No. 20 in the country. He has recorded 2.5 tackles for loss for 21 yards.
The Westlake, Calif. native graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in May with a GPA of 3.57 and is currently pursuing an M.A. at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Foltz was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team in both 2003 and 2004 and is also a member of the Golden Key Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The award was established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent DePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who founded the Izod and Lacoste brands.
The group of 184 semifinalists features players from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA: 63 from D-IA, 44 from D-IAA, 20 from D-II, 43 from D-III and 14 from the NAIA. The award was started in 1959, with past winners including Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996) and Chad Pennington (Marshall, 1999).
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