Phillips Named Draddy Trophy Semifinalist

Senior tight end J.B. Phillips was selected as a semifinalist for the 2007 Draddy Trophy on Thursday, an award presented to the best and brightest in college football each season.

The Draddy Trophy, presented by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

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 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

J.B. Phillips entered his final season at Nebraska with his undergraduate degree in marketing in hand and is currently on pace to complete his master's degree work in May of 2008. He carries a 3.917 GPA in his post-graduate studies and has also been a team leader both on and off the football field. On the field, Phillips has started in 30 games for the Huskers, including all six this season, and has made 29 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

In the community, Phillips was one of 10 Huskers named to the 2007 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, which honors a commitment to volunteer work. He has volunteered his time to a number of worthwhile events, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week and the Dads of Kids with Disabilities program.

Established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who developed the Izod and Lacoste brands, the Draddy Trophy comes with a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 25. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2007 National Scholar- Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Draddy winner, who will receive a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.  

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