Bajema Finalist for Bobby Bowden Award

New Orleans, La. -  The Fellowship of Christian Athletes released on Friday the three finalists for the second annual Bobby Bowden Award. Billy Bajema from Oklahoma State, David Green of Georgia and Jeb Huckeba from Arkansas were announced as finalists for the award which recognizes the Division 1A football player who epitomizes the student-athlete who conducts himself as a faith model in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better. He must also have the backing of his school's Athletic Director and Head Football coach. The award is named after Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden.

Billy Bajema is a four-year starter for Oklahoma State at tight end. For his career he has 43 receptions for 680 yards and one touchdown. He is a 2004 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete which comes with an $18,000 award. He is a pre-med student with a 3.7 grade point average.

According to Athletic Director Harry Birdwell, "Oklahoma State University is a better place because Billy Bajema has been one of our student-athletes." Billy has spoken to over 50,000 students in local high schools about his faith while attending OSU.

David Greene is the quarterback for the University of Georgia and is a Dean's List student. He is a 2004 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient ($18,000).  He led Georgia to back to back 11 win seasons as well as back to back SEC championships. He was named to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association's Good Works Team.

Jeb Huckeba is a member of the 2002, 2003, 2004 SEC Academic Honor Rolls. He is rated as the top defensive end against the run in the SEC by The Sporting News. In 2003 he ranked fourth on the team with 70 tackles. He is President of the Student-Advisory committee. He is a member of the Arkansas Athletes Outreach who for the past two summers have gone to Honduras to help construct homes and conduct sports camps.

Head Football Coach Houston Nutt said of Huckeba, "We have put a lot of trust in Jeb and he has never let us down. We have never been concerned that he would do anything that would embarrass the department or the University of Arkansas, as an athlete or in his private life."

The 2004 Bobby Bowden Award winner will be announced at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast at the BCS National Championship game site in Miami on December 31, 2004.

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