Bazuin Named Draddy Trophy Semifinalist

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University senior defensive end Daniel Bazuin of McBain (Mich.) High School has been named one of 148 national semifinalists for the Draddy Trophy by the National Football Foundation.

The Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Student-athletes representing NCAA Division I-A, Division I-AA, Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions are eligible for the award.

A 2006 preseason All-American, Daniel Bazuin is the reigning Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He holds CMU career records for sacks (30) and tackles for loss (56.5) and equaled a MAC record with 16 sacks in 2005. Selected to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine Game, Bazuin is a two-time All-MAC first team selection and a member of the watch lists for six national awards, including the Walter Camp Award (national player of the year), Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year).

Bazuin maintains a 3.39 GPA as a marketing major. He is a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree and 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV first team selection.

Bazuin's charitable ventures include volunteering with the State of Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games, Crawford County United Way and American Red Cross. He has also volunteered his time with the youth summer sports camps in his hometown of McBain, Mich. On campus, Bazuin has served as a freshman registration mentor and participated in CMU Jock Rock, a mock rock contest conducted by CMU student-athletes that functions as a charity fundraiser.

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 NFF Awards Committee, comprised of former coaches, Hall of Famers and college administrators, will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 26. The winner, also selected by the committee, will be announced at the 49th NFF Awards Dinner on December 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Each finalist will also be recognized that night as part of the 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Former winners of the Draddy Trophy, first awarded in 1990, include Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996); Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Chad Pennington (Marshall, 1999); Craig Krenzel (Ohio State, 2003); and Michael Munoz (Tennessee, 2004). Last year's recipient was LSU center Rudy Niswanger.

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