Former Nebraska safety Andrew Shanle has been named the recipient of the first Cletus Fischer Endowed Scholarship. A presentation of the scholarship to Shanle by members of the Touchdown Club will be made on the field before Saturday's Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
The scholarship will be presented
annually to a Nebraska football player who has completed his
eligibility, demonstrated a high level of athletic and academic achievement, and
intends to continue his education in pursuit of a career as a high school or
college football coach.
Andrew Shanle was a four-year letterman in
secondary and completed his eligibility in 2006. A native of St. Edward, Neb., Shanle started 13 games at safety last
season and led the Huskers with four interceptions. Shanle also ranked among the
team leaders in tackles with 57 stops, including 41 solo tackles.
In addition to his on-field
accolades, Shanle has been one of the Huskers' top student-athletes throughout
his NU career. Shanle was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection
and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll seven times
during his career. Shanle completed his undergraduate work in May of 2006 and
played his senior season as a graduate student.
The award is named in honor of
Cletus Fischer, a Husker assistant for 26 years from 1959 to 1985. During his
career, Fischer served as the head freshman coach and offensive line coach. Like
Shanle, Fischer is a native of St.
Edward, Neb., and
starred for the Huskers as a halfback from 1945 to 1948.