National Honor

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced its 15-member 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class, and a deserving Mountaineer is on the list.

WVU senior offensive lineman Jeff Berk is one of 15 recipients of the NFF's 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class, which includes student-athletes from all NCAA divisions, I-A, I-AA, II, and III.

To be eligible for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame post-graduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

A dominant offensive lineman, Jeffrey Berk of West Virginia University has proven himself as a positive force on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Berk has led by example his entire collegiate career earning respect from his peers, coaches and teammates.

A member of the National Student Honor Society, Berk graduated in December of 2003 with a Bachelor's in Athletic Coaching Education and is currently working towards his Master's Degree in Special Education. An Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll member, he was honored by the National Student Consortium.

Berk is the leader of an offensive line that has blocked for a Top 20 ranking rushing attack each of the last three years. A Second Team All-Conference pick in 2003, he is the only WVU lineman to start every game during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Always active in the community, Berk speaks and mentors special education students and is a "Buddy Leader" in the West Virginia State Special Olympics. A vacation bible school group leader, he and his wife make numerous WVU Children's Hospital visits and volunteer for benefits helping those afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. A tutor for grade school Math and Reading, Berk also coaches Pee-Wee football.

Berk will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship for the award, which is one of the most prestigious honors a collegiate player can earn. Berk joins Oliver Luck, Jeff Hostetler and Eric DeGroh as past Mountaineer winners of the award.

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